Anton Vidokle engages modernist traditions in works that explore the persistence and failures of utopian ideals. His public projects activate iconic elements of the urban landscape, while related installations and publications employ print media, photography, and film to extend the works’ resonance beyond site specificity. In keeping with his dialectical approach, Vidokle acts alternately as artist, interlocutor, and instigator.
Vidokle’s work with logotype decals exposes the commercial and political cooptation of abstract forms once believed to embody revolutionary potential. By distributing stickers of commercial logos converted back into modernist geometries, Vidokle reinserts these once-utopian forms into the social fabric of the city. Popular Geometry, a newspaper series produced with Julieta Aranda in cities around the world, is a forum for debate over the global proliferation of minimalist public sculptures since the 1970s. These journals examine the disparate ways supposedly universal forms are transformed by specific cultural contexts.
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1965, Anton Vidokle has lived in New York, NY, since 1981. He has had solo shows at Massimo Audiello, New York, NY (2004, 2001, 1999). Group exhibitions include the 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003); Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2002); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2001); and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (2000).