Basel Snapshots: Olaf Brzeski

At Basel’s Liste art fair, an object of contraditions

By ArtReview

Olaf Brzeski, The Life of a Pipe, 2017, metal, 90 x 60 x 20 cm

On display at Warsaw gallery Raster’s stand at Liste, Olaf’s Brzeski’s sculpture The Life of a Pipe is something of a visual joke. Inside a rectangular black-painted metal frame, a steel pipe is suspended. A slim metal crossbar runs across this box approximately one third down: it has the suggestion of a water-line, and that what we’re being asked to imagine here is in fact a tank of water. At the level of this ‘water-line', the pipe becomes encrusted with rust…

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