Nika Kupyrova: No More Mr Nice Guy
Fait Gallery PREVIEW
17. 10. 2018 – 12. 1. 2019
Opening: 17. 10. 2018, 7 p.m.
Curator: Václav Janoščík
Nika Kupyrova’s art projects lack a unifying or fixed meaning; instead, they open before us an opulent universe of materials, objects, references and languages.
The artist’s exhibition in theFait Gallery is based on a series of sci-fi novels by Iain M. Banks taking place in a futuristic civilization known as The Culture, and on the writer’s symbolic or ironic names for spaceships which are living creatures. We can observe works and objects using their names as the process of the creation, control and manipulation of meaning and sense. The artist pulls us into a tension between the comprehensible and the unclear, object and emotion, the human and the extraterrestrial, between signs and surfaces, truth and fiction, the present and the future.
And such is the role of aesthetics, from Immanuel Kant to Iain M. Banks. We have to change constantly and seek new forms and languages that will enable us to see more than the mentioned dichotomies. Deeper under the surface of words and images we can discover emotions and details – and perhaps also beauty.
Nika Kupyrova was born in 1985 in Kiev. She studied painting at the Edinburgh College of Art, and within the Erasmus student exchange programme spent six months at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík. Her works were displayed, for example, at the Second International Moscow Biennale of Young Art and the Triennale Linz 1.0 in the LENTOS Kunstmuseum. She had exhibitions in the Lothringer13 gallery (Munich), Mattress Factory Art Museum (Pittsburgh), WIELS Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels), Wien Museum MUSA (Vienna), Angewandte Innovation Lab (Vienna), Kunstverein das weisse haus (Vienna), SODA Gallery (Bratislava), NTK Gallery (Prague) and in the Berlin Model gallery (Prague).
The exhibition opening was held on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 7 p.m.
Photographic reproductions for the exhibition can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/2CqBOCN
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