The exhibition highlights two aspects present in the work of contemporary Czech artists: a conceptual approach to art and the various strategies in redefining fixed perception and thought processes. The show presents work by artists of various generations. The oldest is Jiri Kovanda who made his first actions and installations in the 1970s, while the youngest are students at Prague’s Fine Arts Academy. What all the works share is their natural affinity to specific themes and means of their articulation. The artists work with such phenomena as perception, thought, memory, knowledge, etc., while, under their own specific conditions, they eliminate general ideas of time (and space). They question and reassemble realities transforming the ways of seeing them. A number of projects in the show work on a basis of open structures enabling the viewer to permeate and complete them. The viewer is trapped and sucked into a fantastic laboratory of mind; a place where the invisible becomes visible and the possible becomes impossible.
What you will (not) see: a lie detector, a model of a tower, re-performances and performances, planting cherry trees by the way of spitting, an object attached to something with four screws coming from the furthermost parts of the Czech Republic, photographs of planes and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Collector, two unusual family portraits, Particip #39 and other (in)visible things…
Participating artists: Vasil ARTAMONOV - Alex KLYUIKOV, Zbyněk BALADRÁN, Daniela BARÁČKOVA, Eva KOT’ÁTKOVÁ, Dominik LANG, Václav MAGID, Markéta OTHOVÁ, Michal PĚCHOUČEK, Jiři SKALA, Slavka SOBOTOVICOVA, Tomáš VANĚK, Jiři KOVANDA Curated by: Vjera BOROZAN
Opening performances: Eva KOT’ÁTKOVÁ, Jiři KOVANDA
More than questions, less than answers Contemporary Czech Videoworks Friday, 4 May, 2007, 6 pm Kateřina Šedá: There's Nothing There, 2003, 10 min Bringing up a Child, 2004, 20 min Michal Pěchouček: Greetings from Prague, 2005, 10 min Ján Mančuška: \Killer without a Cause\, 2006, 10 min