Artists: František Demeter, Juraj Gábor, Anna Hulačová, Viktor Kopasz, Jaroslav Kyša, Rastislav Podhorský
Curator: Mária Janušová
Graphic visual: Aurélia Garová & Tereza Maco
Opening of the show: Tuesday, 31. july 2018 at 6pm
Duration of the exhibition: 26. august 2018
The exhibition titled Constructive Lyric was originally created for the Gallery of the City of Pilsen where it was first exhibited in June of 2017. Despite this, the upcoming exhibition in the Medium Gallery is much more than just a reinstallation from Pilsen, it is an extension of curator’s contemplation about the central theme. While the Pilsen project mainly focused on the presentation of Slovak contemporary artists, its Bratislava version offers a more concentrated selection of authors which also includes a few new names of artists who established themselves on the Czech art scene – this applies Anna Hulačová and Viktor Kopasz. Some art works have been replaced by more recent ones or ones that have been produced for this very exhibition exclusively. What remains the same is the title of the project that best reflects its concept - the connection between artist’s elaborate process thinking/strategy and the more poetic approach.
Constructive Lyric offers visual art that can be characterised by conceptual approach, relevance of chosen forms and poetic gesture. The selected authors follow three basic principles - concept, form and emotion - despite the fact that these three principles are in fact contradictory. Concept is generally understood as the opposite of form and emotion; and similarly, form in the sense of external characteristics or matter is the exact opposite of the inner or nonmaterial (idea, emotion). The common characteristic for all artists is their long term and contemplative creative process through which they engage (alongside the very essence of their work) with its formal execution, composition, colour scale, technique or chosen material. And while the visual aspect is important for their works, they don’t ignore the emotional aspects or subjective expressivity thanks to which their art speaks to audiences much like poetry does, in a more personal and associative way. And this makes it easier to read their intentions. The exhibited works are a result of a strategy that has been well thought through, contemplative processuality and craft.
The exhibition wants to reveal the presence of the above mentioned “trinity” (concept, form, emotion) in the works of the younger and middle generation of artists. But is it really possible to uncover all three principles? Are they equally represented in contemporary visual art that is currently dominated by either strict post-conceptualism or superficial aestheticism? Constructive Lyric introduces authors who work with the trinity but employ each element to a different extend and version.
The project has been made possible by public support from: Slovak Art Council, Bratislava Self-Governing Region