10 Jan 2008 00:00 - 15 Mar 2008 00:00
Czechmade, a new generation of glassmakers
Exhibition featuring the work of three young Czech glass artist teachers, Anna Polanská, Lada Semecká and Martin Hlubuček and their students.
Privat View: 10 January 08, 6-8pm in Flow Gallery
Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Collection at the V&A Museum will give a talk at flow between 5-6 pm.
RSVP: 020 7243 0782.
Czech Glass has held a special position in the history of glassmaking since the Middle Ages. In particular the region of Bohemia has produced many talented glass makers and teachers. The legendary teachers and glass artists such as Stanislav Libenský have moved Contemporary Czech Glass into international prominence. The country’s unique system of teaching glass at specialised glass secondary schools in Bohemia has created a special relationship between the artists and their students. The creative tension is augmented by the closeness in age of the teachers and their students which in turns makes the relationship more intimate and challenging at the same time. The teachers, all born in the eighties have taught a new generation of glassmakers, all born in the seventies.
Anna Polanska creates cut glass bowls and vases with endearing titles like “Honey Landscape” in earthy colours inspired by nature and the landscape which surrounds her. She taught Michal Šilhán at Železný Brod secondary school who is the youngest exhibiting artist. He “ brings the poetic world of children’s games” in a very accessible way through humour and childlike simplicity of form and colour.
Lada Semecka has successfully exhibited at flow before and continues to experiment with technology to create fluid forms by overlaying and cutting the glass to reflect the volatile moments in life. Barbora Voborilova, Veronika Cerna and Radim Langer are students of Glass Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD) in Prague where Lada Semecka participate in their education.
Barbora Voborilova studied glass painting at the glass school at Zelezny Brod and continues at the AAAD at the glass studio headed by Vladimir Kopecky. She decorates her hand blown cylindrical vessels with folk motifs.Veronika Cerna creates organic forms often inspired by the music of Bohuslav Martinu. Radim Langer is more of a painter than a glassmaker which is manifested in the gently blown forms with abstract markings on them.
Martin Hlubucek studied under Pavel Mizera and now teaches in Zelezny Brod School. He makes mould-melted glass bowls and vases with matt surfaces which are more like monumental sculptures than functional objects. His student, Zuzana Kynclova who originally studied in Zelezny Brod School is now studying at the AAAD. Her mould melted glass bowls are a “Witty reminder of plastic inflatables that children play with on the beach”.
The exhibition is also going to be shown at The Crafts Study Centre at Farnham (www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk) from 26 August to 25 October 2008.
This press release was based on the text written by Milan Hlaves, who is the curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
For further information please contact Yvonna, Sachiko or Beccy at flow on 0207 243 0782.
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 10 Jan 2008 00:00
To: 15 Mar 2008 00:00
Flow Gallery, Czech Centre London