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Mar 19, 2014 6:30 PM - Apr 27, 2014

You. Never Too Close.

Photography exhibition. Roman Franc, Gabriela Kolcavova, Vojtech V. Slama, Ondrej Zizka. Curated by Jan Fiser.

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Opening reception: Wednesday, March 19, 6:30PM-8:30PM

YOU. Never Too Close.
Roman Franc, Gabriela Kolčavová, Vojtěch V. Sláma, Ondřej Žižka

Look at these photographs.
They capture a world that seems improbably neat. A life that appears always ready to pose in front of the lens. Nevertheless, after being captured this world lives on with the same casualness as before.

Photographic images by four kindred spirits evoke the yearning for beauty of the disturbingly anachronistic Pre-Raphaelites. They speak through something possibly too beautiful to bear, and at the same time not far-fetched enough to be hyperbolic. Their intuitive manner of work represents a subconscious opposite of the speculative and rationalistic approach to art. The artists balance boldly on the edge of formal aestheticism, however their efforts are justified by the authenticity of life and the images derived from it that permeate the photographs. To use Andrei Tarkovsky’s words, beauty is understood here as a symbol of truth, which justifies its presence in the photographs.

Seekers of Beauty
They surround themselves with an aesthetically sealed environment that shapes them in everything they do. A reality of its own kind. Strolls around unknown towns, sitting in cafes and wanderings in desolate landscapes with refuge in a quiet house without electricity are accompanied by obsessive longing for making everything present through photography. Networks of relationships defining these places preserve memories of childhood, lost and found friendships, new muses and loves and desires of the distant future. Russian philosopher S.L. Frank wrote that “I is unthinkable without You, but this opposite is reconciled in We.” Human beings in the photographs are observed with the loving (not spying) eye of a person with a camera who longs to capture them in moments when their experience of beauty is absolutely true. The photographs thus make up a pictorial universe for love in various forms: eros, agape and philia. 

The subjects of all these photographs are people to whom the photographer says: YOU. The photographer who is not capable of keeping a sufficient distance from the world in which he or she is immersed, and yet they are never too close. For that matter, you can’t get any closer with a camera.
~Jan Fišer

Roman Franc
Born in 1983 in Brno, Czech Republic. He studied social science and physical education at the Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno and photography at the na Institute of Art Photography of Silesian University, Opava. He has since devoted himself to free photography and enjoys working, for example, with the Flexaret 6x6 medium-format camera. Roman Franc prefers taking photographs of people, creating their portraits. He organises and teaches photography courses and workshops for both private and public institutions with emphasis on inspirational environments and experiences. He has taken part in group and solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad: in the USA, Great Britain and Slovakia. His photographs are represented in Czech and international private collections. He collaborated with the office of former Czech President Václav Havel whose photographic portraits he created, as well as those of other international leading figures.

Gabriela Kolčavová
Born in 1977 in the Czech Republic where she also resides and works as a freelance lecturer and artist. Graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic) with M.A. in English and Fine Arts in 2000 and the University of North Texas in Denton (USA) with M.F.A. in Fine Art Photography in 2004. She mainly enjoys working with large format cameras, experimenting with negative-free options and historical photographic processes. She teaches and organises photography lectures and workshops for various public and private institutions. Her photographs have been exhibited at numerous international group and solo exhibitions in the USA, France, Poland and the Czech Republic. Her work is represented in photography collections such as The Fine Art Museum Houston (Houston, USA) and George Eastman House (Rochester, USA).

Vojtěch V. Sláma
Born in 1974 in Brno, Czech Republic. He holds a master’s degree from Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. Vojtěch V. Sláma works with a double-lens reflex camera and a 35-mm reflex camera. He rounded off his collection “Wolf’s Honey” with an exhibition and a book in 2004 (Brno Gallery). His latest collection “Colorjoy” was exhibited in the Brno House of the Arts in 2013, accompanied by a book of the same title (Artishock/Helbich). Sláma’s work can be found in a number of museums and collections worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His photographs have been shown at more than 30 exhibitions around the globe and have earned awards such as Fotofest Discoveries (Houston, 2006), Frame 007 (Brno, CZ, 2007) and Kaunas Photo (Humour in Photography, Lithuania, 2008). Vojtěch V. Sláma is represented by Klompching Gallery, New York and Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas.

Ondřej Žižka
Born in 1969 in the Czech Republic. Graduated from the University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic. He is currently a student on the master’s degree programme of the Institute of Art Photography at Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic. He lives in Brno where he also works in his studio specializing in digital printing of photographs. Ondřej Žižka has exhibited his photographs at several group shows in the Czech Republic, Poland and France. He is one of the founders and organisers of the FRAME international photo competition.


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