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Denisa Lehocká 1991-2010

Author, exhibition title: Denisa Lehocká 1991-2010
Venue: Kopplova vila GJK, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curator: Vladimír Beskid
Opening: 21 April 2010, 18:00, Kopplova vila GJK
Duration: 21 April 2010 – 6 June 2010


Denisa Lehocká: 2010, detail

Exhibition of the Slovak artist Denisa Lehocká (1971) presents the first integrated search of her art work for the last two decades. Lehocká ranges among the strong generation of artists (R.Ondák, B.Ondreička, C.Blažo, M.Gavul, M.Tittel) that in the 90s briskly acceded the Slovak scene of neo- and post-conceptual strategies, preferring the spatial art forms (object, installation, environs, intervention). 
She relies upon conceptual platform, however, she evolves her own art language based on idea concentrate and „diffused“ structures of forms and objects. She is thus making physically almost emptied ambient with individual stops at which saturated clues alternate with material nods and silent pauses, mute tensions – these are complemented by subtle drawing of a feminine way of touching things and ideas.
Lehocká builds a unique register of everyday objects and situations: she is presenting them in small groupings on the tables, putting them on the walls, hanging them, or putting them directly on the floor. In this way fragile and vulnerable „spatial networks of memory“, idea projections in the space come to existence.
The author encodes her creative message in symbiosis with natural items (stones, minerals, branches, pearls), artificial items (soap, strings, threads, boards) and artistic items (plaster casts, small objects, sensitive drawings). She systematically builds a micro-world of the need for intimacy, anchoring, rooting (she often uses a black circle or sphere, junction of spots, motive of sprouts or roots etc.). The author thus contributes to formation of a different type of visual communication in our environs: instead of conventional dialogue with an individual picture she creates open visual fields which, with its fragmentariness and a mass of detail, do not lack integrity and an inevitable vibration with the spectator.
In Kopplova vila Denisa Lehocká presents several selected art pieces made in 1991 – 2010, where she accentuates her first art pieces made in early 90s at the Academy. She further presents her works that were exhibited in abroad and that we could not see in Slovakia yet, as well as her current installation in the last room prepared for this occasion. In part of her exhibition she pays special attention to drawing in form of everyday memoirs and primary records of thinking. The author thus proves again her ability of creating fragile networks of signs and relations, sensitive connections and ephemeral meetings.

Denisa Lehocká, born in 1971 in Trenčín, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava (1996). One of the internationally renowned key figures of the Slovak stage the 90s.
Selection of her international exhibitions: 2000 – Manifesta 3, Ljubljana; Body Space, Kuthalle Basel; 2004 Kunsthaus Bern; 2005 – Landscape, BVAK Utrecht; 2008 international triennial ITCA, Prague National Gallery; Cutting Realities, AC New York; 2009 – Fragile, St. Etienne. From her presentations: 2005 – MG Brno; Utrecht; 2006 – RKF Prague; 2008 – Bastard Bratislava (together with Boris Ondreička); ADP Cracow.


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