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Jan Kaláb
Concentration
From Street to Fine Art

7.13 – 8.31

開放: Daily 10am – 7pm
Bluerider 敦仁館 Dun-Ren gallery
台北市大安區大安路一段101巷10號1F
1F, No.10, Ln 101, Sec 1, Daan Rd., Taipei

 

 

持續走在一條非傳統的藝術家之路的捷克塗鴉界先驅 Jan Kalab,畢業於布拉格 藝術學院(Academy of Fine Arts in Prague)。他的幾何塗鴉壁畫可見於紐約、 布拉格、倫敦、波哥大等城市。Kalab 以點出發,發展幾何圓形形變,以及 3D 塗鴉立體雕塑,從街頭到畫布,塗鴉的概念走入極簡純白的藝廊空間,擦出迷幻 的火花,他擁有在抽象藝術與街頭創作的雙重語彙,創造出充滿能量的抽象作品。 2010 年代表捷克在上海世界博覽會捷克館展出,於歐美有豐富展出經驗,作品 收藏於法國精品 DIOR 德國旗艦店、及眾多名人及私人收藏。

故事從街頭開始說起,封閉的政治社會時代不曾阻擋 Jan Kalab 對藝術的好奇 之心,最早以塗鴉創作者 Cakes 聞名, 在家鄉的街頭留下他的實驗足跡,而後 到紐約以 Point 為名闖蕩,在街道及地鐵、火車列車塗鴉創作。之後轉向純藝 術的畫布上,繼續追求風格的探索,並於 2006 年畢業於布拉格藝術學院。Kalab 的作品是他在「玩」色彩的實驗手段,也試圖讓畫面產生視覺上的愉悅感,並期 待讓觀者感受到快樂。對 Kalab 而言,從單純符號到踏入抽象領域,意謂著他 可以將藝術的主題凝聚在世界哲學中許許多多宏觀及微觀的角度上,並展現在 圓形的畫面中。因為「圓」的概念存在於自然當中,從星球的陰晴圓缺,亦是無 限的多邊形或是無限幾何,正因世界上沒有完美無缺的圓,所以 Kalab 創作了 許多圓的變形、具多種層次的圓,並表現了抽象畫色彩純粹的包容性及無限可能。

回顧 1970-1980 年代的紐約塗鴉藝術(Graffiti)以都市及街頭為舞台,而後迅速 流行到歐洲及國際,視覺上具備強烈的符號、連續圖騰或書寫文字。不似 1980 年代紐約傳奇藝術家 Jean-Michel Basquiat 直接將街頭藝術表現空降美術館 或藝廊,Kalab 的作品是從街頭藝術轉化到更精緻的抽象語言。曾經為知名的塗 鴉藝術家,他不再只專注在符號及造型上,度過由符號變形的裝置創作,再轉換 到抽象繪畫的領域,Kalab 從荷蘭風格派(De Stijl)得到靈感,取自過去 Theo vanDoseburg 曾倡導的藝術精神:利用基本的紅黃藍三原色及架構基本的高抽 象度造型來進行當代藝術。從 Jan Kalab 的作品,可以見得除了在畫布上,他 甚至再將自己的藝術帶回街道、融入壁畫,刻印在城市角落中。而在圓的世界, 他可以持續不斷探討畫面的深度、動態、改變、永恆邊界等讓人著迷、讓時間凍 結的漸變實驗。在漸變的圓形中,每一條成為極限的線、色彩緩緩溢出的邊緣,都讓視線、繪畫與雕塑的界線慢慢地模糊、融合了。

這次在Bluerider ART 的展覽「圓的進化」(Concentration),帶來 Jan Kalab 近五年來的作品,包含 Rainbow Circles 系列、Clouds 系列及 Organic Gradients 系列。藝術家一如往常使用特別訂製的有機形狀畫框及畫布作為繪畫 的範圍,並以圓形及球體作為主體形象,每件作品都可以被認為是圓形、點或是 圓,同時也是塗鴉書寫符號的其中一部分,如作品:Magnolia、 Sonoma 便打 造了寧靜的流體狀圓形漸層,讓人屏息以待;而 Clouds 則 是一系列的圓形畫, 以漸層的色階埋藏了不斷變化的彩色天空及景觀,展現難得 一見的魔幻時刻。 Rainbow Circles 系列,揭示 Kalab 大膽地將彩虹帶到街頭上,想像剛抵達一 座城市的藝術家,開始尋找合適的棲身地點,而整座城市就是他的畫布。Kalab 使用圓作為物質的容器,以漸變的顏色產生動態的錯覺 ── 彷彿溢出畫布的色 彩,沒有方向性地、自由地傾洩而出。這樣的歷程純粹而且「專 注」, 代表作 畫的過程中,藝術家必須投入的絕對心神,從塗鴉到繪畫的藝術之路並沒有什麼 不同,都是相當投入在創作的當下,專注同時,時間彷彿流動地特別緩慢,也帶 領觀者進入無限想像的世界。

 

Jan Kaláb was born in Czechoslovakia in 1978, during a time when urban art was not seen in the Eastern world. In the 1990s, when the country began to open itself up to Western influences, Kaláb became one of the pioneers of graffiti art. Since 2007, he has focused on the abstraction of form and colour in his studio work, and studied formally at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. For a decade the artist has explored this depth and motion with a vibrant chromatic energy, exhibiting in institutions throughout Europe, and North and South America. His geometric murals can also be seen in the streets of Prague, London or Bogota.

Stepping away from spray painted letters, Kaláb started drawing inspiration from De Stijl movement and modern art masters like František Kupka. These influences lead to abstract, circle based works in which he is exploring the possibilities and effects of the perfect shape through different concepts. From sculptural work to stretched or cut out canvases, he is experimenting with colours, layers, as well as position of the observer in relation to the artwork. Playing with variations in geometry, Kaláb paints on constructed canvases of various shapes and combinations. He creates canvases of circles and organic shapes, under the continuous study of “depth, time, and motion”. Layers of gradient colours give his paintings the impression of a sculptural like extension. The evolution of his style has led to a distillation of ephemeral colour. He captures light and shade that seem to move with the curves of the substrate, becoming one.

Kaláb’s first solo show “Concentration” at Bluerider ART presents new vibrant and dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Incorporating studies in structure and mood, the artist delivers painting resplendent in organic form. The exhibiting works are harmonious and minimalist studies–immersive works that reflect his complex understanding of the fluidity in the signs and symbols of abstraction.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019Concentration, Taipei, Taiwan
2019Atomic Bubble, MAGMA gallery, Bologna
2018Point of Space, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2018The Soul of Graffiti, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, Florida, USA
2018Perspective of Clouds, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2017ZOOOM, Magma Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2016Pluriforme, Openspace Gallery, Paris, France
2016Pulso Cromático, Castanier Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2015TENSION, BC Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015ODYSSEY, Lollipop Gallery, London, UK
2015EXTRA, Villa Pellé, Prague, Czech Republic
2015Getting Up, Partisan Creative Corner, Soest, Germany
2014ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, Šmeralova 6, Prague, Czech Republic
2014ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, 103 Allen Street, New York, USA
2014AROUND THE POINT, HIC Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013SALUT, H’art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2013FROM POINT TO CIRCLE AND BACK, Oko Gallery, Opava, Czech Republic
2013POINT / ALTERNATE PLAN(E)S, the Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2012GOOD CHOICE, Czech Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011KALÁB 33 / PLANETS CROSSING, Trafačka, Prague, Czech Republic
2008POINT SHOP, Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019Get Out While You Can, Maddox Gallery, London
2019CHROMA: Summer Group Exhibition, Rhodes, London
2019GEOMETRIC HEAT: Marco Casentini, Jan Kalab, Adam Lucas, Daniel Rich, GR Gallery, New York
2019Get Out While You Can, Maddox Gallery, Gstaad
2019Praha-Berlin Barter, Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
2019"Summer Reflection" Group Show, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami
2018This Is Now, Wyn317, Miami
2018A Matter of Form, MAGMA gallery, Bologna
2018MAGMA presents, MAGMA gallery
2018Grand Opening Group Exhibition, Mirus Gallery, Denver
2017Urban Art Biennale, Völklinger Ironworks, Völkliner Germany
2017PERCEPTUAL VERTIGO, Avantgarden Gallery, Milan, Italy
2017NO MORE CREW, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
2017ABSTRAKT FORUM, Forum Przestrzenie, Krakow, Poland
2017AVANTARTE X UNITLONDON, the Unit London Gallery, London, UK
2016POP-UP EXHIBITION, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA
2016ZMRTVÝCHVSTÁNÍ, Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2016MIMESIS, MAGMA Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2016FRIENDS AND FAMILY, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016HZGSJK, Goldenhands Gallery, Hamburg Germany
2016TRANSBORDER, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2015OpenART – art biennale, Orebro, Sweden
2015Et Cetera, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome, Italy
2014TRAFACKA – CLOSE, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2014ARTMOSSPHERE – 1st streetart biennale, Moscow, Russia
2014OUTSIDE / INSIDE, Tabla Rasa gallery, Brooklyn – New York, USA
2014TRAFACKA / TEMPLE OF FREEDOM, Red Gallery, London, UK
2014CHILDREN OF KUPKA, City Hall Putaux, Putaux, France
2013ET CETERA, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Prague, Czech Republic
2012STUCK ON THE CITY, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2012STREET SMART, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2012THREE FROM TRAFACKA, Gallery of Modern Art, Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic
2011DE DENTRO E DE FORA, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011BOUTIQUE, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
20101st BIENNAL DE GRAFFITI FINE ART, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010METROPOLIS, Pavilion of Czech Republic, EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China
2009STORAGE, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
200960 DETAILS project, Moscow, Russia
2009WE BELIEVE IN CRISIS, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2008NAMES, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2008CITY’S CELEBRITIES, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2008FACES AND LACES, Moscow, Russia
20075+kk, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2007PLANET PROZESS, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin, Germany
2007SPACE FOR INTUITION, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2006TRAFACKA – OPEN, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2006ART BEAT, BG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005CITY OF NAMES, Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2004OBJECTIVITY, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, UK
2004EVERWANTING STREETS, Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden
2003BACK JUMPS (the Live issue), Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2003GENESIS, Ten 15, San Francisco, USA
2003DA PAINTAZ, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
20033rd SHOW OF YOUNG ARTISTS, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic
2002SUBCULTURE, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2002FRESH MEAT, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2001FRAGMENTS 4, Mánes gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

 

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