PR / Kostka Gallery / Nikola Čulík (CZ) - Turnkey Exhibition
GALLERY KOSTKA NIKOLA ČULÍK (CZ): TURNKEY
Curator: Lenka Sýkorová / production: Venuše Tesnerová
Opening: 5. 2.
exhibition duration: 5. 2. - 21. 2. 2014
The only one
who will do it for free is the artist. Nikola Čulík, the promising stallion,
will present a drawing system which is based on a non-traditional framework of thinking
about this medium. Inside the Kostka gallery space the work will be created together
with another artist or non-artist, who will be remote-controlled by Čulík.
Nikola Čulík is a well-known artist throughout the Czech visual art
scene. Čulík graduated three years ago from the drawing studio of Jitka
Svobodová at AVU and has continued to express himself
predominantly through drawing. More recently, however, Čulík has been working
with his drawings in the context of 3-dimensional spaces. For Kostka I
approached the artist with these overlaps in mind. I began to wonder how a very
intimate medium such as drawing could truly dominate a non-traditional gallery
space. The inspiration for this exhibition project sparked from an exhibition Čulík
participated in at the mobile gallery Jádro, which
took place last spring in Barrandov.
The author presented his drawings breaking the traditional framework
in an exhibition called Life and Work
in the beginning of 2013 at Staroměstské radnice (Old Town Hall). There, his
work had moved into an intermediate plane. Since then, however, Čulík has
reached an even further shift by becoming free of unnecessary means of
expression. New perspectives of points, lines, and their connections in the
form of arrows is an ideal demonstration of the deepest human emotions. This
idea was elaborated in the aforementioned exhibition at gallery Jádro. For this exhibition at gallery Kostka, he has returned to this
implementation principle of his drawings inside a space. Kostka references the
Jádro space, however using a much larger area.
Turkney Exhibition is a
site-specific project that creates a new experience with drawings into which
one can enter. At this point, my
curatorial intervention begins. I have intentionally complicated the process
through inviting Nikola Čulík not only as an artist, but also a curator, choosing another artist or
non-artist to realize and create the exhibition. Čulík will therefore become
the content of this show, while the chosen assistant will stand for its form.
This game poses questions about the roles and influences of the artist, curator
and creator of the exhibition.
Nikola Čulík (*1983)
lives and works in Prague. Drawing isČulík’s main medium of expression, and linking
his life to his work is the hallmark of his art.
The artist graduated from the drawing studio of Jitka Svobodová at the Academy of
Fine Arts in Prague, where he studied during 2005-2011. His drawings stand out
for their original concepts, which combine autobiographical remarks while
simultaneously commenting on the Prague art scene. His exhibitions especially
display these experiments of authenticity and spontaneous speech. Čulík’s
creations transcend the borders of post-conceptual drawings to the plane of
current visual trends. Some of his recent exhibitions include Intimate Fire (2009) in Prague at the
House of the Golden Ring, Člověčina
(2011) at 35m2 gallery, and Black Soul
(2012) at Altana Klamovka.
Open daily 1- 8pm.
Guided tours for
the public and special interest groups and school workshops are possible for
Contacts and more information:
- PR and promotion
+ 420 602 367 552
Pfeiffer Kottová - Curator
+ 420 732 464 434
For the year 2014, MeetFactory is supported by a grant
of 6.500.000 CZK by the City of Prague.
Press Release Turnkey Exhibition.doc
Press Release Turnkey Exhibition.doc