Veronika Holcova Homo Spiritualis

We cordially invite you to join us and the artist Veronica Holcová to celebrate the opening of her solo show Homo Spiritualis. The exhibition is hosted by the andel’s Hotel Łódź and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG, as a part of the project ANDEL’S PRESENTS.

The curator of the exhibition dr Agnieszka Wołodźko

Opening 03.03.2016 from 7pm +concert SoundLab from 8pm

Exhibition 04.03-10.04.2016

Opening reception at the Hotel andel’s Łódź, ul. Ogrodowa 17. The organizers provide free round trip shuttle bus travel to the event. Departure point for Łódź: in front of the Kinoteka at 4.30 PM. Departure point for Warsaw: in front of the andel’s Hotel at 9 PM

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Surprisingly enough, art from one of our immediate neighbors, Czech Republic, is not a frequent guest in Polish art galleries. This time however, we would like to present paintings by an acclaimed artist from Prague, Veronika Holcová.

For those of us who feel they have had enough of conceptual art world’s reduced lingo, this exhibition will be like a breath of fresh air. Aesthetic satisfaction guaranteed. However, the values that the work of this artist contains are by no means limited to this layer. The content is equally important. Those viewers, in turn, who are under the impression that contemporary art is stuck for good in the sphere of rationality, are in for a big surprise. For Veronika Holcová explores the realm of dreams, desires, premonitions, and symbols extracted from various cultures. The figures in her paintings are symbiotically united with the landscape; the non-anthropoid beings – plants, minerals, animals – coexist with humans. Nature is submerged in spirituality. The subconscious plays a significant role in the artist’s decoding of reality.

Holcová admits to having been inspired by the Symbolists’ paintings. An exhibition organized this summer in the St. Agnes monastery in Prague, Mysterious Distances. Symbolism in the Bohemian Lands 1880-1914, presented this interesting style of art, so important for the Czech cultural identity. It was a timely reminder that the artists who used this style to express themselves, among others Alfons Mucha, Max Švabinský, František Bílek, Josef Váchal, Bohumil Kubišta, Jan Zrzavý, deliberately placed themselves in opposition to what they too were experiencing: the rapid technological development, industrialization, and its counterpart in the realm of ideas – the rationalization. By showing their critical attitude towards the surrounding reality, they strived to express the elusive, individual, spiritual, and what’s immune to rational analysis.

Nowadays, the progress in the technicization of life has accelerated and occurs at an incomparably higher rate than it was the case a century ago. However, related concerns remain the same. How can one defend their subjectivity in the age of digitization, how to commune with reality which has been to a large extent subordinated to the processes designed by machines? How can we protect, in such conditions, what is individual to us, spiritual and what cannot be grasped with the intellect? And finally, what are dreams and fantasies worth in contemporary world?

In his book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, New York-based art historian Jonathan Crary sees dreaming as an intensely politically charged phenomenon, not compatible with the requirements of global capitalism. Crary points out that nowadays, there is a tendency to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Therefore, dreaming is seen as time wasted, due to its being unproductive. What’s more, dreams that emerge during sleep refer to something other than strategies for accumulating capital. In this way, dreaming has become something to be treated with suspicion.

Dreaming, however, is the very field that Veronika Holcová intensely explores. Her work can be interpreted as an ecology of imagination, in the sense that it’s an attempt to restore the importance of the spiritual content, instincts, and dreams. Holcová likes to spot her own psychic abilities: the imagined motifs from her paintings sometimes find their counterpart in the real world.

Veronika Holcová – born in 1973 in Prague, since 2015 based in Ottawa. From 1993-2000 she studied Drawing, Painting, and Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Holcová has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. Her works are in the collection of the National Gallery in Prague, as well as in private and public collections in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy United Kingdom, and the United States.

SoundLab is an inter-disciplinary performance art group created during a series of sound-art workshops at the Galeria El Arts Centre in Elbląg. In their work, the group uses diverse techniques to produce sound and vision, often relying on sampling and audio feedback from the spot where the performance is presented, as an attempt to fill in or delineate physical space.
Group members: Wiktor Piskorz, Maciej Olewniczak, Rafał Wawrzyk oraz Mariusz Owczarek 

Selected actions:
– 25th International Plein Air, Muzeum Ziemi Chełmskiej, Chełm;
– performance at Museums at Night 2009, Galeria El Arts Centre, Elbląg: music created for Zbigniew Kosowski’s visuals;
– Balkony Sztuki, Galeria El Noc Arts Centre: music for Antek Grzybek’s visuals;
– performance at Museums at Night 2013, Galeria El Arts Centre, Elbląg: music for Agnieszka Prusak’s series of photographs At Home; – multimedia installation Aspects, 27th Salon Elbląski, Galeria El Arts Centre, Elbląg;
– multimedia performance 10^n at Museums at Night 2014, Galeria El Arts Centre, Elbląg;

Exhibition sound design:
– Edwardiusz (MDK Elbląg),
– Arkadiusz Sylwestrowicz, Dziękobrazy (Galeria El),
– Quadraphonic installation at the Bez Korekty exhibition opening (Galeria El).

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