Apr 4, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Jiri Kovanda: Tunnels and Lighthouses
Exhibition at the Wallspace Gallery. 619 W 27th St., NYC. Exhibition opening: Friday, April 4, 6PM-8PM
Jiří Kovanda is one of the most important conceptual artists living in the Czech Republic. Widely known for his performances and installations that began in the mid-1970’s, Kovanda’s practice is rooted in the poetics and theatrical potential of everyday actions and objects.
For Tunnels and Lighthouses, Kovanda will present a series of new collages, a medium he has consistently worked in since the late 1970’s, as well as a site-specific installation inspired by and made with common, economical materials — plants, rugs, light bulbs — found in New York. Says Kovanda: “Cheap and simple things can sometimes turn out to be important and extraordinary, while expensive objects can be invisible.”
In addition to the installation and collage works, Kovanda will create a group of collaborative, sculptural works with New York-based artist Silvina Arismendi. Arismendi and another New York-based artist, Anna Adler, will also participate in a performance conceived by Kovanda on the night of the opening: “Two dark-haired girls - one from Montevideo, the other from Moscow - bring light into the darkness.
Kovanda’s work is currently on view in New York as part of Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module at the New Museum. He was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclaw this past November. Recent solo exhibitions include: Dos Anillos Dorados, Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte, Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); The Nervous System (with Zbyněk Baladrán), Kunstverein, Milano (2011); White Blanket, Secession, Vienna (2010).
Wallspace, 619 W 27th St., NYC
From: Apr 4, 2014
To: May 10, 2014