Jiří KOVANDA

13.9. – 10.11.2013

 

When I started studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1999, I met Jiří Kovanda as modest , discreet and sensitive educator in the position of assistant at Vladimir Skrepl´s. Few years later when I and my collegues from newly formed group Rafani offered Jiří Kovanda exhibition in the gallery space CO 14 , which was consisted of a backyard in the courtyard of an apartment building in Vinohrady, he took out one of the walls of brick and stone-walled a sausage behind. The exhibition was called Bricked sausage . I remember the frustration of so inane act. Over the years I have been closely acquainted with the work of Jiri Kovanda and I realized that one of the minor nature of the artist's drawings can not be known . But when these sketches , drawings and actions gradually one sees dozens everything will fit into each other and minor works are monumental arch to arch. Monument as the numeral zero is. Zero meaning nothing , but the increasing value of the numbers in front of her many times , depending on its position. Sam is nothing but the company of other numbers becomes great value. Low-key interventions in the ordinary environment , unexpected combinations of normal human subjects and unpretentious event for forty years with only changed outwardly , as it transforms the poetry of everyday objects . In the core is extremely consistent, without being rigid. Internally, it is still about love, work , fatigue, sexuality , society .... and so could go a long time because the interpretation is up to the viewer . Kovanda provides an excuse , the rest is up to us. Kovanda explain their work , mostly only seen notes , which provokes even more of their surroundings. Often the work is untitled and the name of the viewer simply creates itself .

 

His recordings of performances and installations from the years 1976-1978 using a simple photograph and terse description are inseparable from the personality of Jiří Kovanda and are now famous throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that Kovanda is today one of the most famous Czech living artists, exhibiting in leading institutions and galleries around the world, and we have the honor to provide such personal space in the Gallery Luxfer. 

 

Annotation: Luděk Rathouský

 

 

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"Little interventions in the ordinary environment, unexpected combinations of usual human subjects and unpretentious event for forty years with only changed outwardly, as it transforms the poetry of everyday objects. At the core is extremely consistent, without being rigid. Internally, it is still love, work, fatigue, sexuality, society .... and so could go a long time because the interpretation is up to the viewer. Kovanda provides an excuse for the rest of us ... "

 

Text: Luděk Rathouský

 

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