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Robert Šalanda: Extrémní realismus

17. 1. 2019 - 24. 2. 2019

Vystavující: Robert Šalanda

Kurátor: Petr Vaňous

Tisková zpráva (.doc)

Robert Šalanda’s exhibition Extreme Realism is conceived as a painterly presentation intervening in the existing gallery space Trafo Gallery. The author appropriates it to a certain extent and transforms it according to his own needs. The environmental and complex nature of the project, which goes beyond the artistic discipline and its media sub-genres, is above all an open situation which, on the basis of certain relational constellations, declares questions of “presence”.
Presence as a complicated state, which was and no longer is, but from which something ambiguous follows, both for the viewer and for the author. Something that can be read and interpreted differently. It is something like an “open story”, which was reconstructed for the format of the exhibition on the basis of the author’s “presence in the creative process”.

The title Extrémní realismus reveals an ambivalent feature of the exhibition concept, which is treated freely and shamelessly here, similarly to Šaland’s previous projects (Nespolehlivý vypravěč, Nadějná kompozice, Pasivní pachatel etc.). Concepts in transformed contexts shine with new, often absurd meanings (something like the sayings of a kind of pseudo-ideology), or at least lose those on which human consciousness relied in its automatically set orientation. What is realism when it comes close to the word “extreme”?

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of an author’s catalog named after Šaland’s older project, THE UN RELIABLE NARRATOR. The publication will include, among other things, an interview with the author as well as current photographs directly from the exhibition installation.

Robert Šalanda (born 1976 in Olomouc) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1995 – 2002; Painting Studio I, Prof. Jiří Sopka School). In 2000, he completed an internship at the Facultad de Bellas Artes Cuenca in Spain. In 2011, a residency at ISCP in New York and in 2016 a residency at AIR Antwerp in Belgium and at MeetFactory in Prague. He is a co-founder of the Prague license plate gallery (2011). Since 2017, he has been the head pedagogue of the Painting I studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU). His exhibition activities include the following selected independent and collective projects: Kdo je vítěz? (GVUO, Ostrava, 2018), Nadějná kompozice (Galerie Vyšehrad, Praha 2017), Nespolehlivý vypravěč (galerie 1. patro, Praha, 2017), Pasivní pachatel (galerie Futura, Praha, 2016), Český sen (Czech House, New York, 2015), Doporučuji (galerie 35m2, Praha, 2014), Poklady (galerie Entrance, Praha, 2014), 7 Nový Zlínský Salon (Zlín, 2014), Slovo dalo slovo (galerie MeetFactory, Praha, 2013), Morse (St. Garden / WinterSpace, New York, 2011), Česká malba nulté generace (Wannieck Gallery, Brno, 2011), Fundamenty a sedimenty (GHMP, Městská knihovna, Praha, 2011), Po sametu (GHMP Dům U Zlatého prstenu, Praha, 2009), Prague Biennale 4 (Praha, 2009), CZ-SK Současná mladá malba (Wannieck Gallery, Brno, 2008), Resetting/ Jiné cesty věcnosti (GHMP, Městská knihovna, Praha, 2007-08), Akné (Galerie Rudolfinum, Praha, 2006), Intercity: Berlín – Praha 01/ Malerei (galerie Haus am Waldse, Berlín, 2005). More information: http://www.robertsalanda.com/cv/2/

Opening on January 17th, 2019 at 7 pm. (FB událost)

The exhibition will last on February 24th 2019.

Workshop for kids on Saturday, February 2nd 2019 at 2 pm.

Guided tour and baptism of the catalog on February 14th at 7 pm.

Graphic design of the exhibition and books: Martin Odehnal