Velvet, a group show by artists from the Czech and Slovak Republics living in London.
Sharing a collective memory and history of Czechoslovakia, a group of young artists respond to the cultural experience of temporality and novelty that London as a world metropolis offers. In a variety of media, an independent and personal oeuvre is formed and developed. The show is revealing and concealing, moving between the positions of outside and inside; engaging with themes of duality, ambiguity and transgression through the eyes of the post-communist and post-punk generation.
Fictional subjectivity become intertwined with an ironic contemplation of current social issues; the clash this occasions played out amid the walls of the gallery. References to Bataille’s writings resonate with stark sculptural non-objects, paused lyrics materialize in thin line, s of paintings, and glossy surfaces of shopping windows are left distorted by the artist’s interventions. The notion of localizing art is entertained, yet its position is directed outwards to the cosmopolitan.
artist : Nina B, Marian GrolmusJakub Hosek, Hana J, Hana Knížová, Jaroslav Kysa, Nik Timková, Tereza Zelenková.