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Program

Nov 19, 2010 12:00 AM - Jan 6, 2011 12:00 AM

MESSAGES IN AN EMERGENCY

Jiří Skála presents a series of 4 texts and videos at this exhibition. These works were made over two years: 2008 and 2009. They are like messages which tell a potential visitor stories about somebody, who does not understand his own social code; he is not sure how to use it – for which reason, in which context, in which time and in which space.

MESSAGES IN AN EMERGENCY

Jiří Skála - exhibition

November 19, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Opening: November 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Jiří Skála presents a series of 4 texts and videos at this exhibition. These works were made over two years: 2008 and 2009. They are like messages which tell a potential visitor stories about somebody, who does not understand his own social code; he is not sure how to use it – for which reason, in which context, in which time and in which space.

Jiří Skála is known for his playful and witty conceptualist approach to various social contexts and situations. He often employs participants in gamelike interactions in his work, or institutes subtle interventions creating objects that have only been minimally altered but which are no less effective in altering our own perspectives of the given situation. His recent work has focussed on the written word and inter-personal communication, for example, in his project Handwriting Exchange, an ongoing project, where Skala, and someone chosen from a completely different social and cultural background, become acquainted through a daily process of learning how to copy each others handwriting.

Born 1976 in Klatovy, lives and works in Prague. He studied from 1998-2003 at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of visual communication under J. David and in the graphics studio of V. Stratil, and at the post-graduate program at Palais de Tokyo, Paris from 2003-4. He is the co-founder of Etc. gallery in Prague. His work has been presented at such international exhibitions as the Tirena Biennale I (2001), Palais de Tokyo (2003) and the Prague Biennale II (2005, 2009), and the UBS Gallery in New York (2008). He is a co-founder of the Etc. Gallery in Prague, established in 2004, and a member of the PAS group, together with the artist Tomáš Vaněk and curator Vít Havranek. He is listed in the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory of young innovative international artists compiled by the New Museum in New York, and in November of 2009 was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Nov 19, 2010 12:00 AM
To: Jan 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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