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Form Follows... Risk

15. August 2007 — 14. October 2007
1. poschodie,
Esterházyho palác, Bratislava
Curator: Jana a Jiří Ševčíkovci , Monika Mitášová

The international exhibition entitled 'Form Follows…Risk' shows an attempt of contemporary sculpture and architecture to find a new form in a highly complex hybrid whole.

This new complexity embraces a number of components, including found objects, liquid and solid forms, materials, and media, and syntheses of photography and video-yet despite this disparity those artists and architects create complexes that act as closed forms. A difficult structure is constantly before our eyes, though this is covered or clothed in a unifying layer which draws together the surface and the inconsistent form. This is immediately reminiscent of the traditions of Dadaism, neo-Dadaism, and Fluxus, artistic approaches in which the material (sourced from outside the art world) and its aesthetic stylisation do not matter. The components that make up these works, despite being very difficult to connect, are combined in an unending number of possibilities.

In recent years, sculpture has mainly been dominated by the conceptual, voluntarily giving up the concrete in favour of installations which are dependent on the imagination of the spectator to the extent that the spectator becomes the true centre of the work.

The exhibition 'Form Follows…Risk' deliberately takes the opposite approach. These works take complex forms that retain a degree of inconsistency and coincidence, thus remaining open to different interpretations, yet they also comprise complex units that can be taken as a kind of architecture in which the value of the material once again has a key place and in which the real, non-conceptual presence of the work itself activates the space. This does not mean that sculpture has become simpler, though; these complex works are ambivalent and hard to understand, as befits the contemporary form of our globalized identity.

The exhibition represents a long-postponed confluence of sculpture and architecture in the hope that from this mutual reflection a new form of contemporary complex will arise. 'Form follows…risk' will introduce both a number of important figures in contemporary American and European sculpture and architecture and a range of young artists who are participating in the critical transformation that is the conceptual focus of the exhibition.

Exhibition conceived by Jana and Jiří Ševčíkovi, VVP AVU Praha, Monika Mitášová, SNG and IUV VŠVU Bratislava, Marian Zervan, Benjamín Bradňanský and Vit Halada, Dpt. of Architecture, Academy of Arts in Bratislava

Exhibiting fine artists and architects:
Asymptote /USA/, Benjamín Brádňanský a Vít Halada /SK/, Coop Himmelb(l)au /AT/, Jiří Černický /CZ/, Dana Čupková-Myers /USA/, Jiří David /CZ/, Tomáš Džadoň /SK/, Christian Gebhardt /DE/, Vlado Havrilla /SK/, Rachel Harrison /USA/, HŠH /CZ/, Martin Horák /CZ/, Chalupa architekti /CZ/, Marek Meduna /CZ/, Milan Houser /CZ/, Minimaforms /USA/, NOX /NL/, IVA /SK/, KSA /CZ, SK/, Roland Kollnitz /AT/, Christian Korth /G/, Eva Koťátková /CZ/, Jiří Kovanda /CZ/, Michal Kuzemenský /CZ/, Denisa Lehocká /SK/, Václav Litvan /CZ/, Petr Lysáček /CZ/, Iveta Pilařová /CZ/, Petr Písářík /CZ/, Luděk Rathouský /CZ/, Lukáš Rittstein /CZ/, R&Sie(n) /FR/, Joe Scanlan /USA/, Pavla Sceranková /SK/, Fabian Seiz /AT/, Jiří Skála /CZ/, Vladimír Skrepl /CZ/, Peter Stec /SK/, Evžen Šimera /CZ/, Ján Ťupek /SK/, Martin Uhrík /SK/, Hana Vinklárková /CZ/, Franz West /AT/, Dušan Záhoranský /SK/, Zerozero /SK/, Radoslav Zrubec /SK/, Petr Zubek /CZ/


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