David Ostrowski and Michail Pirgelis: Nothing Happened

At Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, aircraft fragments and painted emptiness rub intention against accident

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

David Ostrowski and Michail Pirgelis, Nothing Happened, 2016 (installation view). Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London & Los Angeles David Ostrowski and Michail Pirgelis, Nothing Happened, 2016 (installation view). Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London & Los Angeles David Ostrowski and Michail Pirgelis, Nothing Happened, 2016 (installation view). Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London & Los Angeles

Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles 15 November – 23 DecemberThe dialectic of intention and accident has been perhaps the most sustaining and nourishing paradigm for art of the modern period. Marcel Duchamp’s readymades presented it in three dimensions; Jackson Pollock perfected it in two. Richard Tuttle has spent a lifetime burrowing into the poetic heart of it. And more contemporary artists, such as Tino Sehgal and Wade Guyton, have expanded its field, both institutionally and technologically. Martin Creed, for his part,…

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