Again and Again

Again and again – notices to the place
Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem
12. 12. 2018 – 18. 1. 2019

Again and again exhibition focuses on surroundings, place, memory and history in the transformation process. It is a patchwork of attitudes to “space for an artwork”. It expresses the unspecific feeling of restoring the meaning of circulation, reuse, finding new function, preserving traditions and creates mental space for one’s own identity acceptance at the same time. Place reinterpretation, introduction of the perfect form, object or thought is the main theme.

Selected authors relate their object or intermedia work to mankind history, material memory or symbol or reflection of themselves. They rehabilitate the interest in surroundings and place they are living at by representation and records of the place spirit for the future generation. Authors are coming from various creative areas, they become indispensable to the community and their artwork is mostly done outside the official framework. They create space for shared relations and guide towards reflections about the general connections and changes in the forms of presentation of artwork and projects on the edge between free and applied art. There was a sense of change developed in the areas without clear identification and content. Cultural places create representation that contributes to a new self-awareness. They stand for both past and future process. They create innovative and utopian relations between object and subject, object and the whole and especially between man and space. They represent the story continuation and expression of the civil society’s desire for authenticity. Memory, which is the base for identity and imagination, is being pushed away and detracted more and more due to the speed of changes in surroundings and the necessity of constant movement of people. Therefore it is important to return and closely look into the shared pictures, memories, create space metaphors and focus on what represents us.

The projects on the edge between free and design art are divided into three mingling theme groups: conceptual work with representation and human memory; material, formal and sociocultural borders of space; personal relation to a place. Milan Mikuláštík’s project represents the perception of culture history and the importance of object in the society. On the other side Conrad Armstrong’s work deals with remembering, memory layers of our history and formal traditions sticking to the present. Both authors work with the principle of multiplication, fragmentation, quotation,
association and appropriation. Contrarily Tereza Kopecká offers sterile symbol of representation in her work, where she takes in account the scenic principle of the space itself. Alice Morey has similar approach, but she leaves the symbol to a viewer’s own imagination and considers his active involvement in the work and the matter as social responsibility.

The exhibition as the whole is a list of various forms of work with the surroundings in both material and spiritual sense. It is a range of several levels of thinking about reuse of sociocultural “environment” formed by the current society. The shape of the gallery, for which the exhibition was created, is a part of the exhibition concept as well.

The exhibition was prepared as a part of a doctoral project in the program Visual communication at the Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The project focuses on studying visual activities in the conditions of multifunctional cultural premises built and revitalized by the community.

Exhibiting artists:
Conrad Armstrong, Tereza Kopecká, Pavel Matoušek, Milan Mikuláštík, Alice Morey,
Martin Papcún, Kateřina Szymanski and Artur Magrot, Iza Rutkowská, Petra Gupta
Valentová, Markéta Váradiová, Martin Vlček, Martin Zet

Tereza Nováková

‘To whom do I owe this burden’, clay, projection, 2018

Three days of intense handcraft moulding forming passing energy into wet clay, in a small czech industrial town, known for production of washing soap, chemicals,textile, former German occupied. Small worms, leaves, forms with no form ‘Again and again’ 

Building the family again for you to be crushed and trampled on.