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KA – TEKLA: Unmasked

Exhibition of the paintings and drawings by the significant artist Katarína Blažová-Tekeľová from Košice.

Author, title of the exhibition: KA – TEKLA: Unmasked 
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, the New Wing of  Koppel Villa, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curator: Alexandra Tamásová
Opening of the exhibition: 14. 10. 2020 (Wedn) at 18.00
Duration of the exhibition: 15. 10. (Thurs) – 15. 11. (Sun) 2020


Ka – Tekla (in her own name Katarína Blažová-Tekeľová, 1945, Prešov) studied in the Atelier of monumental painting and tapestry headed by Professor Peter Matejka at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She is a painter, the author of tapestries, art-protis, implementations in architecture.

The current exhibition introduces her latest works as well as some expressive older works in a selective retrospective.
The author´s greatest theme over the decades is a woman. Through her personal experience she speaks about timeless archetypes, but also present-day women´s social position. In her conception, the woman is a life-bearer joined to Great Mother (Earth); Moira spinning the thread of fate; her lap is a gate to life and death. At the same time, on the opposite side, she often finds herself caught in the web by the patriarchy of developed conventions.

The oldest exhibited work is a series of oil paintings on paper inspired by Lautréamont´s literary work The Cantos of Maldoror. For Tekla is typical the relationship to other kinds of arts especially to literature and music. An evidence are also small-sized paintings such as Hommage to G. Corso and Hommage to J. Kerouac (both in 2017). However, the pictures are not a version nor illustration of a literary work. They are rather a visual expression of the author´s emotions and mental processes where poetry plays a role of a trigger.

Ka – Tekla works with simple shapes evoking the art of natural cultures or an archaic art of pre-classical Europe. The abstracted figure is then kicked-in or put in moving as if in an effort to show the human sight a move which is commonly invisible to the eye – the move of individual atoms which we are made of; or the move as a change in time, unstoppable change of our lives and bodies. Figures in Tecla’s pictures vibrate, whirl and wave, and in the course of years they smoothly but unambiguously more and more dissipate towards abstraction. (This development is augured already in tapestry Tao from the year 1995).

The author creates her latest works in the intentions of psychical automatism – without conscious thought control, inspired by music and submerged in the present, she remelts experiences of her everyday life in the form of painting. She resigns stories and memory, now essential is only the depth of emotions. The exhibited new paintings are a larger version of these spontaneous drawings and they are a subjective report (also) on current social events. The title of the exhibition refers not only to obligatory wearing the masks, but in particular to a disgust to cover the true about herself; decision to reveal her own nature in front of the others, but especially she in front of herself.

Ka-Tekla (in her own name Katarína Blažová-Tekeľová) lives in Košice. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in the years 1965 – 1971. She carried out woven and hand-made tapestries in cooperation with the Moravian Goblin Manufacture in Valašske Meziřičí, e. g. the cycle of tapestries Moira (1994 – 1996) or the hand-woven curtain Fénix for the State Theatre in Košice (1990). In the year 2012, she was a finalist in the international prize for contemporary art Celeste Prize. She introduced her works in some solo exhibitions in Slovakia as well as abroad (Budapest, Wien), so far last author´s exhibition was held in Košice Barracks – kulturpark at the turn of the years 2019 and 2020. From among her collective exhibitions let us mention Actual Textile Art, Consolidation Bank, Prague, 1995; Tapestries/MGM, Amsterdam, 1995; Tapestry, picture, space, House of Arts, Brno, 1995; Actual Textile Art, Manes Gallery, Prague, 1997; Arts 200 – Interpretation of Reality, House of Arts, Bratislava, 2007; Paper Kole – the exhibition of collage (Czech and Slovak collage XX and XXI centuries), East Slovak Gallery, Košice, 2012; Celeste.Prize.2012, Museum Centrale Montemartini, Roma, 2012; 7th Zlín Drawing Room -- Triennial of Contemporary Czech and Slovak Arts, Zlín Gallery, 2012. Her works are represented in the collections of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, East Slovak Gallery in Košice, Šariš Gallery in Prešov, and in private collections, too.

Alexandra Tamásová

The artists´ works has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council. 



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