Adam-Kašpar
Adam Kašpar

Speaking about Adam Kašpar, it is pointless to ask whether it is permissible to separate a work of art from its creator. If we dare to label him as a landscapist, we need to consider that such a label could cause harm in the future. It is obvious that his obsession with landscape is unusually deep and I dare to say that there has not been a better realist landscape artist in years. However, Kašpar's creative passion somehow exceeds the confines of landscape. He is not trying to dazzle us with his brilliant painting style. He is rather an admirer of the regularities and principles behind whatever the nature chooses to reveal to us as the spectators. Why do I believe that his interest in the landscape is rooted deeper than we are mostly able to see in his paintings? Here I come back to the question whether it is possible to separate the author and his work... I had the opportunity to have a taste of that landscape behind landscape, to get to know the author's thoughts about the orders of the landscape. In their ultimate expressions they are the orders of the existence itself. As of this writing, the author is only twenty-seven. When he was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, it was definitely a refreshing time for many of his colleagues and professors. Not many artists are capable of bringing fresh air from the woods and the mountains inside the studio walls.

Exhibition
xxxxx
Curator: xxxxx

5. 3. - 15. 4. 2021
Petr-Válek---VAPE
Petr Válek

If we label Petr Válek in any way, trying to assign the artist a particular position on the contemporary art scene based on his work, whether we like it or not, we will get into trouble. Petr Válek comments on anything that he stumbles upon. No shortcomings of our civilisation, no social taboo, escape his ironic sense of humour emanating from each of his picturesque paintings and drawings. However, this is not all. VAPE (which is his signature) is also dealing with abstract audio productions. The sounds are emitted by the insides of various bizarre machines, little and big, which he constructs and brings to life. He is a free spirit. Petr loves the nature; however, he is not just the eccentric with long hair and a beard from the foothills of the Jeseníky Mountains whom you see at first glance. Rather unerringly he assesses and monitors the events around him. The result of his observations is his performative role he adopted on social media. In the spirit of his critical and ironic concept, his successful videos present him as an outsider on purpose, both by his appearance and behaviour. As a de facto YouTube performer, he speaks a non-existent language, which is a reference to the texts that appear in his paintings, drawings and illustrations from time to time. We could also mention his miniature poetry book that got published or his illustrations for many literary works of famous authors. Long story short, it is extremely difficult to define the scope of his art activities in a nutshell but it was worth the try.

Exhibition
Válek Attacks!
Curator: xxxxx

15. 1. - 25. 2. 2021
Michal-Ožibko
Michal Ožibko

Ožibko is an artist who belongs to the one but last generation of the graduates from the studio of classical painting techniques of late Professor Zdeněk Beran. Beran was the head of the studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague between 1990 and 2012. Even though Ožibko is better known for his figurative works that verge on hyperrealism, his abstract, expressive works are rather plentiful too. As a painter born at the beginning of the 1980s, during his adolescence he went through the era of the newly discovered graffiti art, in which he actively participated. This is probably where Ožibko's tendency towards large formats and coloured surfaces originated. Ožibko says that his discussions with Professor Beran also led him to choosing larger dimensions for his paintings. Beran was a graduate from the studio or wall and monumental painting headed by Professor Vladimír Sychra at the Academy of Fine Arts and he shared his views with his students in the studio. Another source of inspiration for the author's abstract works was undoubtedly the paintings of Pavel Holas, assistant professor in Zdeněk Beran's studio. Even though Holas's paintings are called non-figurative, he was certainly verging on abstraction. Of course, we could easily find more influences that shaped the abstract art of Michal Ožibko presented here. However, the fundamental pillars, on which one can base the assessment of this artist’s work, are obvious.

Exhibition
Fire in the Midst of Waters
Curator: Barbora Kundračíková

4. 12. - 30. 12. 2020
Adam-Kašpar
Adam Kašpar

Speaking about Adam Kašpar, it is pointless to ask whether it is permissible to separate a work of art from its creator. If we dare to label him as a landscapist, we need to consider that such a label could cause harm in the future. It is obvious that his obsession with landscape is unusually deep and I dare to say that there has not been a better realist landscape artist in years. However, Kašpar's creative passion somehow exceeds the confines of landscape. He is not trying to dazzle us with his brilliant painting style. He is rather an admirer of the regularities and principles behind whatever the nature chooses to reveal to us as the spectators. Why do I believe that his interest in the landscape is rooted deeper than we are mostly able to see in his paintings? Here I come back to the question whether it is possible to separate the author and his work... I had the opportunity to have a taste of that landscape behind landscape, to get to know the author's thoughts about the orders of the landscape. In their ultimate expressions they are the orders of the existence itself. As of this writing, the author is only twenty-seven. When he was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, it was definitely a refreshing time for many of his colleagues and professors. Not many artists are capable of bringing fresh air from the woods and the mountains inside the studio walls.

Exhibition
xxxxx
Curator: xxxxx

5. 3. - 15. 4. 2021
Michal-Ožibko
Michal Ožibko

Ožibko is an artist who belongs to the one but last generation of the graduates from the studio of classical painting techniques of late Professor Zdeněk Beran. Beran was the head of the studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague between 1990 and 2012. Even though Ožibko is better known for his figurative works that verge on hyperrealism, his abstract, expressive works are rather plentiful too. As a painter born at the beginning of the 1980s, during his adolescence he went through the era of the newly discovered graffiti art, in which he actively participated. This is probably where Ožibko's tendency towards large formats and coloured surfaces originated. Ožibko says that his discussions with Professor Beran also led him to choosing larger dimensions for his paintings. Beran was a graduate from the studio or wall and monumental painting headed by Professor Vladimír Sychra at the Academy of Fine Arts and he shared his views with his students in the studio. Another source of inspiration for the author's abstract works was undoubtedly the paintings of Pavel Holas, assistant professor in Zdeněk Beran's studio. Even though Holas's paintings are called non-figurative, he was certainly verging on abstraction. Of course, we could easily find more influences that shaped the abstract art of Michal Ožibko presented here. However, the fundamental pillars, on which one can base the assessment of this artist’s work, are obvious.

Exhibition
Fire in the Midst of Waters
Curator: Barbora Kundračíková

4. 12. - 30. 12. 2020
Petr-Válek---VAPE
Petr Válek

If we label Petr Válek in any way, trying to assign the artist a particular position on the contemporary art scene based on his work, whether we like it or not, we will get into trouble. Petr Válek comments on anything that he stumbles upon. No shortcomings of our civilisation, no social taboo, escape his ironic sense of humour emanating from each of his picturesque paintings and drawings. However, this is not all. VAPE (which is his signature) is also dealing with abstract audio productions. The sounds are emitted by the insides of various bizarre machines, little and big, which he constructs and brings to life. He is a free spirit. Petr loves the nature; however, he is not just the eccentric with long hair and a beard from the foothills of the Jeseníky Mountains whom you see at first glance. Rather unerringly he assesses and monitors the events around him. The result of his observations is his performative role he adopted on social media. In the spirit of his critical and ironic concept, his successful videos present him as an outsider on purpose, both by his appearance and behaviour. As a de facto YouTube performer, he speaks a non-existent language, which is a reference to the texts that appear in his paintings, drawings and illustrations from time to time. We could also mention his miniature poetry book that got published or his illustrations for many literary works of famous authors. Long story short, it is extremely difficult to define the scope of his art activities in a nutshell but it was worth the try.

Exhibition
Válek Attacks!
Curator: xxxxx

15. 1. - 25. 2. 2021