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King Is Dead - Kirstine Roepstorff & Matyas Chochola

7 Jun 2019 – 27 Sep 2019

Cermak Eisenkraft Gallery

Prague
Prague, Czechia

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The name of the exhibition itself is, exactly as in Shakespeare plays, a reference to the concept of historical truth that is subject to interpretation and changes with time.

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The basis of Kirstine Roepstorff’s art is the awareness of balance in all of its diversity of meanings – from the failures of power structures (both today’s and historical) up to the human condition and its principles of balance in both body and mind. Her works are often a composition of horizontal lines whose distribution reflects various layers of consciousness. The artist uses aesthetics with an omnipresent feeling and corporeal determination as a doorway to more delicate and immaterial aspects of everything that physically and spiritually affects us. Kirstine Roepstorff is acclaimed for her collages with juxtapositions of fragments and materials such as cloth, brass, wood and paper, focusing on the gaps between them and on the proposition of prospective possibilities. Her artistic style generally pursues the exploration of gaps and mutual relations and is determined by darkness that is a temporary and regenerative power and the genesis of art, lives and visions. In recent years, the work of Kirstine Roepstorff incorporates even objects and sculptural elements made mostly of concrete and brass.

The typical statues and installations of Matyáš Chochola are abstract, mostly three-dimensional objects that combine a range of unusual materials with everyday items. Together they create a harmonious chaos. Trash aesthetics is combined with precise glassmaker techniques, uniting the present day symbolic poetry with its ancient roots. Chochola experiments with the postinternet art, the nontraditional yet elaborate combination of shamanism and pop culture of the 1990s. His intermedia art is occasionally accompanied by additional elements – video or performance.

Chochola repeatedly evaluates postmodern experience, confronts archaic and pop-cultural content and refers us to both totemism and corporate culture. His works are focused on observation of outlines of collective memory that never fully identified with the ideals of the enlightened absolutism, sustaining itself using older cultural layers. What Matyáš Chochola finds important is freedom, energy and overstepping the usual limits.

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