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Scarecrows

6. 12. 2010 - 25. 1. 2011

The Scarecrows exhibition features two young artists - Aleš Brázdil and Jan Mráz. Both artists, graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts, are interested in the human figure and the portrait. On their own in large-scale paintings, they work with the human figure as a filter through which everything passes perceptions from contemporary culture, from a world that is becoming more and more distant from reality, where human values ​​slowly disappear. ​

 

Everyone approaches this topic in their own way. For Aleš Brázdil, his work is personal testimony, his experience of the surrounding world. The character traits are influenced by the artist feelings, character traits that are evoked by many subjects such as the media, technology or plastic surgery. He plays a psychological game on the canvases - the figures have to childlike grips, they are surrounded by mystery, mysticism, they are reacting to something, but the viewer does not know what or whom. Aleš Brázdil worked with a manipulated photograph, which he subsequently reworked into a painted picture, for example, a portrait of a boy is composed of 10 photos of friends, and just thanks adjusted in the computer and subsequent perfect work on the canvas, Brázdil achieved a terrifying effect that can cause anxiety in the viewer. ​

 

In essence, Jan Mráz's clones refer to today's pop culture, where the aesthetic point of view it plays a significant role in the omnipresence of ideal beauty or the artifice of fashion photography. Like Aleš Brázdil, Jan Mráz wants to point out today's decay in his paintings companies. In a series of five paintings, we see mutated musclemen, strange woman-men who stare made of large plates and proud of its "perfection". Jan Mráz prepared his drawings first in a 3D program, where he modeled them into unnatural mocking poses, deformed here body proportions and thereby pushed the view of the human body to the limit of taste.

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