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7 Aug 2008 00:00 - 31 Aug 2008 00:00

Fountain: New sculpture by Lenka Klodova

Private View 7 August, 6pm
Incredible black book Pregnant Songs and other publications from the artist will be available.

open until 31 August 2008

The woman, put on a pedestal by Western culture, is usually beautiful, naked and defenseless. Klodová argues against this ideal model of womanhood found in museums, galleries, advertisements and in European art history publications. Although Klodová demonstrates the absurdity of such presentations of womankind, her “ideal” is by no means an asexual woman warrior wearing blue stockings. The nakedness of a woman is not the opposite of freedom; motherhood is not the opposite of erotic desire and intellectual maturity.

From text by Martina Pachmanová, Oh God, a woman! (Klodova’s “black book” Pregnant Songs)


Since 1999, Lenka Klodová has been investigating the theme of women through the sensitive material of the pornography industry. Fascinating are the variety of ideas anchored in that one theme, the simplicity of the material, and constant invention in the field of method.

Lenka devotes herself with the same seriousness to sculptural work as to paper-cutting; her works range from monumental realizations, like Miluji (I Love, 2001) in Neratovice, to flat “sculptures” made out of cardboard dressed up in tailored clothes, but there are also samizdat mystifications and body performances. All these methods of creation mingle with and complement each other.

The work with porno-magazines is developed further in the samizdat magazines, Bříza (Birches, 2000) and Komíny (Chimneys, 2001). The new magazine Krásné holky v akci (Beautiful Girls in Action, 2004) complements the Miluji installation by rendering it ironic; it is a photo-essay in which Lenka and her friends, Helenka and Lucie, work on this sculpture while dressed as prostitutes. Wearing high heels and workers’ goggles they hammer wedges into monumental stone blocks, move them with a crane and grind at them with a hand grinder. It was as if they were constructing an advertisement for their erotic service.  That adds another slightly ticklish dimension to the multivalent outcry “I love,” and the photo-documentation shifts the realization of a sophisticated art work to the level of a student prank.  This is not the first time that such self-irony, something that seems to undermine artwork’s seriousness, appears in Lenka’s work.

From text by Pavlína Morganová, When Everybody finally Somehow Fell Asleep… (Klodova’s “black book” Pregnant Songs)





30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 7 Aug 2008 00:00
To: 31 Aug 2008 00:00


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