In "Interpreter's Booth," Martin Lukáč and Anu Vahtra activate pictorial and gallery space to create an exhibition that positions the viewer as a self-aware actor in a site-specific position.
Vahtra's large, drywall and metal structure bisects the space, creating an obstacle for the viewer. This form is akin to an interpreter's booth in which translators at events perform their often-rushed duties in real time. In the same way, the hasty art spectator finds limited dexterity in this abstracted gallery space. Vahtra develops an abstract spatial construction that questions the nature of the white walled gallery space and its impact on the viewer's interpretations.
Simultaneously, Lukáč's paintings obstruct the painterly, pictorial space and historical objectness. His colorful works are riddles of form and substance, sometimes representing literal objects. Lukáč's paintings here include jagged lines and occasionally geometric forms that allude to the spacial presence of the gallery. These works are windows into a painterly space, a give and take between the viewer, space, and painting itself. That is, the work is aware of its surroundings.
Together, Lukáč and Vahtra create a puzzling exhibition that reinforces the abstract nature of the artist-viewer-gallery relationship, one which is constantly evolving and often lost in translation.