In the Mood

Exhibition  /  13 Mar 2014  -  11 Apr 2014
Published: 11.03.2014

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Sculptural forms, balancing on the verge of perfection and imperfection, draw the viewer into the intimate space / architecture of our mind.

Artist list

Eva Eisler, Katerina Vorlova, Marketa Kratochvilova, Janja Prokic
K.O.V. Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague presents the exhibition at the Tschechisches Zentrum

The first of a series of exhibitions to take place in the Czech Centre in Munich that have been set up by the K.O.V. Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, presents the most interesting works from the field of contemporary jewellery in the Czech Republic. The Traditional Crafts Fair - Schmuck 2014 - in Munich with selected works from 43 countries provides a great opportunity to present to the world a comprehensive collection of artifacts that hover on the border between art, design, fashion and craft. At the Czech Centre (with additional planned stops with different variations of the presentation in Berlin, London, New York, Seoul and Tokyo) young designers, together with and under the direction of Professor Eva Eisler, offer further examples of the most beautiful “Useless Things" that humanity has forever been creating and clinging to since the beginning of time.

The exhibition at the Czech Centre is an opportunity to participate in Munich’s great annual events, at which Czech artists are indeed not unknown. In the past few years Eva Eisler’s students (Kateřina Vorlová, Gábina Hájková, Veronika Watzková, Nastassia Aleinikava, Alena Hesounová, Adéla Fejtková, Markéta Kratochvílová, Karla Olšáková) have been invited to participate in the main exhibition at Schmuck, but also in its important Talente section. In the past the Czech Republic has been represented among others, by Pavel Opočenský, Vratislav Karel Novák, Jiří Šibor and Eva Eisler. Munich’s Schmuck is an annual highly anticipated event that helps advance young artists to the forefront.

Contemporary jewellery is no longer just a decorative component of one’s image or clothing; it has become an original distinctive means of expression for multimedia artists working with materials both precious and non-precious, tangible and virtual. Today's artist is the demiurge of pleasure, the forms of which have multiplied so much in this consumer society of dreams that it is hard to come up with something new. However, led by Eva Eisler, a large amount of exceptional talent is emerging from the K.O.V. Studio, especially women artists who have been receiving all kinds of accolades both at home and abroad. In their work there is a clear tendency to see jewellery as more than an art object, but rather as a form of intimate self-expression and a means for a search for unusual materials and forms. Jewellery becomes a part of the wearer and can affect one as profoundly as a pacemaker. Emphasis is on narration or ephemerality but primarily on the expression of the desire to experiment.

A piece of jewellery is linked with the personality of its maker; it has its own story, its logic and specific language. The project IN THE MOOD speaks about this in the language of four female artists. The three former students of the prestigious K.O.V. Studio have already collected a number of awards and are managing well in the world of design and art. Their work combines the serious and profound demands of their professor with a foreshadowing of their career paths.

Markéta Kratochvílová
(1988) nominated for the Czech Grand Design - Talent of the Year 2013 Award is dedicated to exploring the links between the form of objects and the female body. She considers the relationship of body and jewellery an important partnership that presents the personality of the wearer as well as affects it. This artist is interested in the dark recesses of the primordial, the ambivalence of natural and artificial forms, the story of the hidden intimate self in contrast with provocatively expressive ornament. She develops a symmetrical narrative ornament, and in the new Muse collection, which consists of three necklaces and four rings, she combines silver plated copper, talc and plastic. Her work returns to a clear, modernist expression and creates a system of elements that are already characteristic of her work.

Janja Prokič (1984) who is from Serbia, at first studied at the Art Academy in Prague, only to eventually find her voice in ornate jewellery building on luxury variations on natural and lyrical themes utilizing classical materials. She was awarded the Designblok Fashion Week Premier Award for jewellery design and has been celebrated abroad as well. The morphology of her work is based on the symbolism of themes from various cultures and periods; the objects are shamanic attributes that imbue the wearer with strength. They are inspired by royal artifacts of gold, silver and precious stones animated by organic elements such as leather, fur and horsehair. The latest collection from Janja Prokič is based on Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid. In Munich she is presenting the collection Alice. Her courage and openness symbolize the hand and the heart, and the topaz and moldavite stones represent the content. The presentation is augmented by a small collection of rings, necklaces and bracelets that come from the artist’s countless original illustrations.

Kateřina Vorlová (1985) presents herself as an artist of many genres, and her "jewellery" is also either the outcome of an event, a project, or the thematization of a particular process that the author happens to be addressing. She often works with perishable materials, combining the valueless – ironically speaking, given the original function of jewellery. However her work is not a random collection of things, but rather a formulation of a clear direction, a concept. She works, for example, with plaster and chalk and creates subtle and elusive works of art that can be worn as jewellery, but could also work in a gallery or public space. She is interested in the definition of jewellery and its boundaries. Thus her objects are rather a part of a personal performance, for the piece changes upon contact with the body, and itself leaves a mark on the body or clothing. In the exhibited series she works with layered plaster, with repeated forms. Her jewellery is more a part of an intimate ritual than a decoration.

Eva Eisler
(1952) is one of the most important personalities in contemporary Czech design. Along with works in the fields of art, architecture and applied design, she has long focused on jewellery, which has brought her worldwide renown. Her work is included in many public and private collections. The current series that is being presented in Munich is however somewhat different from the minimalist steel objects that the viewer might normally associate with the name Eisler. It was inspired by the mythical story of Atlantis and by unidentified remains of architecture from past civilizations. The result is a series of brooches made from imitation wood, reminiscent of archaeological finds, geometric sculptures or architectural models. For Eisler, her work is an outlet for ideas about the order and logic of the universe, a way of shaping - on a small scale - ideas that are too large to grasp. By constructing an architecture that can be held, instead of holding us within it, Eva Eisler may be giving us an opportunity to see the shapes that invisibly shape our lives