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May 6, 2011 - May 28, 2011

Vladimira Klumpar - New Sculpture & Drawings

ART EXHIBITION at the Heller Gallery. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8pm, Heller Gallery

May 6 - 28, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8pm

“Abstraction in art is like an egg. The geometric shape on the outside is enlivened by the warm and mysterious life inside of it.”
--Josef Kaplický

Vladimíra Klumpar’s most recent sculptures move onto a more architectonic exploration of form. The seeds, leaves, flowers, stems and pods which used to be at the heart of Klumpar’s formal lexicon have been replaced by angles, edges and interior reflections. The objects speak to us through the artist’s use of color and light as well as the measured translucence which allows us to enter the piece. In her most successful work, we strain to resolve the perceptual distortion of simultaneously viewing the intricately textured surfaces while our eye travels through the mass of the visible interior to reach the opposite plane.

Klumpar began her studies at the Specialized Glassmaking High School in Železný Brod and finished nearly a decade later at the renowned Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under the tutorship of Professor Stanislav Libenský, the mentor to three generations of artists. She fully absorbed the Libensky lessons about the malleable properties of glass – the interior and exterior form, the color/light density – but also, his less often discussed teachings of the importance of nature as the ultimate guide to authentic shape and proportion.

Building upon Libenský & Brychtová’s concepts of color-light and optical geometry, she has risen through her work to stake a sculptural terrain of her own. Vladimíra Klumpar finds the exquisiteness in the ordinary and elevates it to the extraordinary. To paraphrase the art critic William Ganis “Klumpar’s new vocabulary and technical confidence writes a narrative, not of legible symbols, but of evolving visual revelations, occlusions and comparisons – a satisfying dialogue of mystical optics and mass.”

For much of her adult life this Czech born and raised sculptor has been a citizen of the world. Living between homes in the United States, Mexico and the Czech Republic, she has traveled extensively and trekked in the high mountains of Tibet and Nepal. Klumpar is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been widely exhibited in Europe and the Americas and is represented in public and private collections on both continents.



Heller Gallery, 420 W. 14th Street, NYC


From: May 6, 2011
To: May 28, 2011



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