SCOLL DOWN FOR Lucie Micíková ´Forgotten Leaf´ (outdoor exhibition)
Opening Reception: March 1, 2014, 7pm
March 1 - April 12, 2014
‘We must all be locals somewhere in order to be tourist elsewhere’.
‘Local Artist’ is Fudakowski´s second solo show in the gallery.
Her previous work has focused on the controlling effect of laughter, which higlights awkward and unseen boundaries between those ‘in the know’ and those not, as well as a sculptural response to joke structure and the philosophy of comedy.
In ‘Local Artist’ Fudakowski questions the importance of the position of the joke teller to the joke being told, or in other words, the biography of the artist in relation to the work being exhibited. By appropriating and assimilating a completely different culture and language to her own, with it’s own very strong aesthetics, the artist’s own biography is dragged into the light.
When Japan was forced to open it’s doors to the world in 1868 after a long period of isolation, the world was captivated by the influx of ukiyo-e prints and intricate ceramics. No group was more influenced by this than the French Impressionists who lapped up the lack of perspective and shadow, the flat areas of strong colour, and the compositional freedom gained by placing the subject off-centre.
It’s important to note that their understanding was superficial, as it only could be with the novelty of this influence. The result is a strange and beautiful yet sometimes humorously unsuccessful fusion of European and Japanese aesthetics. The heavily Japanese-inspired work made by this group of artists at that time, ironically locates them specifically back to Paris during the late 1800’s. Their international outlook grounds them firmly in the ‘local’ again.
Fudakowski, herself a questionable mix of English, Polish, German, Japanese and Jamaican to name a few, tackles the pejorative term ‘local artist’. Having moved to Berlin in 2006, amongst a deluge of other aspiring artists, she asks ‘when does one become a local?’, and ‘when does art become ‘local art?’. Does the answer lie in the art’s context, it’s material or the biography of the artist?
The prevalence of English as the universally accepted language of art is also brought into question by the presence of Japanese Neon texts, that only a Japanese speaker can hope to understand. Everyone else must rely on a translation which is an inevitable abstraction from the original. This is also reflected by the employment of materials from Rattan to Neon, and their ‘translation’ into different materials, such as Neon to Salt-dough, or Rattan to Batik.
´FORGOTTEN LEAF´ (OUTDOOR EXHIBITION)
March 1–22, 2014
The artistic practice of Lucie Mičíková is rooted in memory and association. Interested in architecture, and inspired by Gaston Bachelard's La Poétique de l'Espace, Mičíková's personal installations create a dream-like, utopian, memory-space. She draws on her own experience and writing to investigate the process of looking; her ephemeral works are often subtle interventions into the nature of things.
In collage, her use of found objects create a surreal, pictorial landscape. Paper nests are photographed and photocopied, rendering an object into a flat plane. Distorting paper with paper through layers of action.
For her first exhibition in Berlin, Czech-born Mičíková takes over the courtyard of Skalitzerstrasse 68 to fill the vitrines with paper environments. "Forgotten Leaf" reverberates repeated motifs, infinite circles and threaded shreds.
Lucie Mičíková was born in Tábor, Czech Republic in 1986. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Recent solo exhibitions include "Nest", Gallery Buňka, Ústí nad Labem (2013); "Blue Places", Hit Gallery, Bratislava (2013); "Nine Clouds", Vitrínky Gallery, Ústí nad Labem (2013); group exhibitions include: "3D Super Food", performance festival, Gallery Ferdinand Baumann, Prague (2013); "Manual of Moments", Karlin Studios, Prague (2013); "The Discovery of Slowness II", Tranzit, Bratislava (2012); "Asking Architecture" (with Bunka), part of the Czech-Slovak Pavilion, Architecture Biennale, Venice (2012).