June 13 – July 18, 2015
Ira Svobodová’s new Papercut series layers sheets of paper as representational layering of personal conditions such as emotions, thoughts, knowledge and experiences. Earlier works draw from concrete structures, while the new iterations shift to more fragile ephemeral forms and materials. There is a tenderness and softness emphasized by the choice of colors, yet dramatic tension activates the pieces. While making this work, Svobodová intensively listened to the music of Antonin Dvorak, capturing his lyricism and alternating rhythms during the process. The minimalist stacked bent paper alludes to origami, but at the same time they could conceivably be writing paper—waiting to be written upon, and structured to swallow messages.
Svobodová obtained her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Her work has been displayed in the Czech National Gallery of Modern Art and in the Ministry of Culture in Prague. While representing CES at VOLTA NY 2015, her work was listed as a top ten “must see” booth out of 90 by Artnet, and was recently placed on a top 7 artists to buy now by Saatchi chief curator Rebecca Wilson.
Adapted from original text by: PhDr. Tereza Bruthansová
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