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Program

Sep 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Nov 5, 2004 12:00 AM

Jewelry and Objects from Wire - Blanka Šperková

The Czech Center New York presents the exhibition of jewelry and small objects from wire by Blanka Šperková. Using her own technique of finger knitting, she works with silver, cooper, and zinc bee wire. Her works are exhibited at the Czech National Gallery and in private collections at home and abroad.

Opening September 23, 6:30 – 8:30 pm,
on view through November 5, Czech Center

The Czech Center New York presents the exhibition of jewelry and small objects from wire by Blanka Šperková. Using her own technique of finger knitting, she works with silver, cooper, and zinc bee wire. Her works are exhibited at the Czech National Gallery and in private collections at home and abroad.

 

Blanka Šperková was born in 1948 in Banská Bystrica.  She studied cartoon and puppet film at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under A. Hoffmeister. Since 1974, Šperková has lived in Brno as a freelance artist and works in several branches of applied arts including design and direction of animated films (she has shot about 40 films), construction of scenery for puppet theatres, illustration of books, and the creation sculptures and jewelry made of wire.

 

Šperková began to experiment with wire in 1970, inspired by traditional wire techniques used by Slovak tinkers, and has worked extensively with it since 1975. Not using traditional tinker techniques, she has instead created a unique method of finger knitting, using neither knitting needles nor other tools. Using a basic loop, she creates both free sculptures and jewelry. Early in her career she created figurative forms, based on the human body and animal motifs, but these gradually evolved into more abstract forms, always based on some distinct meaning. She has also applied her wire techniques to her work in animated films and graphics. Šperková manipulates the airy transparency of knitted wire to create forms that demonstrate an expressive interplay between light and shadow.

 

Blanka Šperková has exhibited her works in Europe, Japan and the U.S., including the recent solo exhibitions  „Poetry Made of Wire“, at Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, „Accessories/ After Disaster“ at U Prstenu Gallery,  and “Metamorphosis of Fibre“ at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Šperková has received numerous awards for her film work including Honorable Mentions at the two editions of the Film Festival in Zlín (1976 and 1978) and the Award for the Best Film at the International Film Festival in Panama for the film Dona Militara (1980). In 1992 Šperková won the Award for the Best Publication of the Year and was awarded a Prix international Hoppeland in Belgium a year later.

 

 

 

“After years of making so many heads, hands, legs, torsos, backsides, and fronts, I found myself looking to make more general, more abstract forms. Once again, however, I am coming back to organic shapes, which seem to force themselves on me. Despite my attempts to drive them away and to remove any similarity, there are always concrete shapes suggesting something familiar. Thus, my objects take shape from within themselves; they anticipate themselves. There is matter, then form. Or there is form, then matter.

 

"Infinitely small changes at the very beginning can show markedly during large-scale changes in time and space". This sentence, which I copied from a book somewhere, intrigues me because it precisely formulates what I am engaged in and what I am attempting to explore through my wire knit works in different scales. It is what I am here to do. The gauge of the wire determines the size of the knitted loops and that dictates the limit for the volume of the piece. If I do not respect the dictates of structure, the form loses its shape, its inner stress, its virtue. It dries up, like an apple that has lost all its juice.”

-- Blanka Šperková


Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Sep 23, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Nov 5, 2004 12:00 AM

Organizer:

Czech Center


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