Pavel Trnka, Kateřina Adamová
6 – 13 February, BBA Gallery, Berlin
Curators: Martin Zlatohlávek, Eliška Zlatohlávková
Zlatohlávek Gallery considers the Berlin art scene to be a prestigious setting for the presentation of art on the world stage. Martin and Eliška Zlatohlávkovi have decided to display the work of two outstanding Czech graphic artists there. Pavel Trnka and Kateřina Adamová have a similar view of the world that immediately surrounds them and a similar understanding of themselves in that world. Both of them are strongly conscious of processes of transformation and destruction. These might be found in the dilapidation of an environment created by people for people to live in, or in the way their own body becomes weaker. If as an artist I want to reflect on these processes, I need to step out of myself to a certain extent, to find the necessary distance, so that transformation and destruction can be understood and overcome. As an artist I hold a dialogue with myself, between myself. This helps me in the abstraction of the reality of my own experience and in abstracting in my work from the things that are simply seen. The relationship between me and you is also important for artists. It means they are not alone in their reflection on transformation and destruction. In addition, they try to find means of expression which facilitate understanding between themselves and their “you”. The relationship between heaven and earth provides a different dimension for the generalisation of artistic work.
The two curators have deliberately chosen work on paper. Drawing, like writing, has accompanied humankind throughout history. It has the character of immediate reflection. It records a surprising insight. In the process of drawing, just as with writing, the idea matures, and tries to find a clear form of expression. Paper, as the basis for this creative process, is able to accept various layers. The completed work on paper holds its own in comparison with painting. However, paper does not lose its fragility, thus reminding us of destruction. The whiteness of paper as the basis for a drawing facilitates extremely fine lines and discreet colouring. A drawing executed in this way surpasses painting in its potential for expression. It alone can capture with great delicacy the process of transformation, the relationship between myself, between me and you, and between heaven and earth.