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Mirror of Silence

Exhibition title: Mirror of Silence
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery, Koppel Villa, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curator: Zuzana Duchková
Exhibiting artists: Petr Brožka, Josef Lorenc, Dominika Sládková - Paštéková, Daniel
Szalai, Petra Vichrová, Lenka Vilhelmová
Opening of the exhibition: February 8, 2018 (Thur) at 18:00
Duration of the exhibition: February 8, 2018 (Thur) – March 25, 2018 (Sun)


“The point of silence, zero amidst inner trepidation,”
R. G. Lecomte´s last will, Paris, Gallimard 1995

The international exhibition presents the works of artists with different approaches to painting. They adopt different opinions, which is related to their different ages and nationalities. Their works depict the same or similar topics. The fundamental feature of this exhibition is an image and its development from classical to alternative or experimental approaches.

Two words – mirror and silence – constituting the title of the exhibition, merge and become the initial point of an image. An inspected object, which might be anything, encounters its image. Silence connects everything, offering a possibility to approach oneself in communication with their environment (Sládková-Paštéková). The concept of a mirror has a different meaning for each of the artists. Already mythology presented the mirror as a magical object with both positive and negative effects; the mirror was a certain bearer of danger for one looking into it. The mirror may become a twin for one person, or a friend or an enemy for another, while it offers a possibility to better perceive oneself, or to create an archetype of oneself; our self-image is created (Vilhelmová, Lorenc, Brožka). However, the mirror may offer a sheer illusion of an object, which constantly flows and changes (Vichrová). The mirror reflection becomes certain recycling, which loses its original ability to represent (Szalai). The mirror or silence thus offers a broad range of interpretations not only to the artists themselves, but also to the audience.

Petr Brožka graduated from Secondary Technical School of Ceramics in Bechyně, and from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Brno University of Technology, studying in prof. Peter Kvíčala´s Intermedia studio. He primarily deals with multimedia works, photography and painting. His works have been presented at several renowned exhibitions of Young Art recently. He is represented in both private and public collections.

Josef Lorenc graduated from Secondary Technical School of Ceramics in Bechyně, and from the Faculty of Education in České Budějovice. He deals with the design of used ceramics, architectural realizations, free-standing ceramic sculpture and relief, medals, and occasionally also glass works. He has exhibited at both national and foreign exhibitions since the beginning of the 1980s, and his works have been part of numerous collections.

Dominika Sládková-Paštéková graduated from School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, and from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where she studied in the Alternative Techniques Studio headed by prof. Adéla Matasová. She primarily deals with painting, graphics, free-standing scupture and ceramics. She is also an occasional illustrator. She has exhibited in the Czech Republic as well as abroad since the 1990s.

Daniel Szalai graduated from School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, and from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, majoring in textile art, led by prof. Bohuslav Felcman. In addition to pedagogical activities, he also deals with recycling of unconventional materials such as X-ray pictures of the human body and graphic and textile design. His works are regularly exhibited at renowned exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad.

Petra Vichrová graduated from the Faculty of Education in Hradec Králové and in České Budějovice, and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she studied in the Studio of Classical Painting Techniques led by prof. Zdeněk Beran. Over the last years, she has dealt with the topics related to water, deep waters, and deformations reflected at water levels, which are processed realistically. In addition to her own works, she leads a private art studio, where children and adults are offered fine arts courses.

Lenka Vilhelmová graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she was led by prof. Ladislav Čepelák. Her graphics and paintings combine classical and unconventional techniques; she enjoys experiments and entering space with her works. She is an author of a number of graphics, paintings, objects and books, presented at many exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. Her works have been exhibited in a number of significant Czech and foreign galleries.

Zuzana Duchková

Project has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council.

Slovak Arts Council is the main sponsor of the project.


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