The exhibition takes place at the Art Archive at DOX.
Opening: Monday 2 Nov, 5 p.m.
To console myself at least a little, / I decided that before I take flight, / I will sigh from deep down. // So that something voiced remains of me.
Jan Skácel: Letter (Smuténka)
Jana Skalická (1957 – 2015) was an introvert; according to those close to her, she didn’t talk much about her work, and in countless articles about her exhibitions, she mainly describes the specifics of working with her sculptural material – plastic film. Nothing is fully explained, and won’t be. It is therefor all the more necessary to look thoroughly, that is, to realize what can be seen.
Originally, Jana Skalická worked with textiles, thus working with a material connoting a restricted purpose and tradition. On the contrary, plastic film is associated with cheapness, tawdriness, and a lack of good taste. This is also connected to the time her first plastic works came about, the beginning of the 1980s, the Normalization era, where favouring this cheap, scorned material was, among other things, an expression of independence of the approved notion of what is creativity and a work of art, an expression of authenticity.
Of even greater significance is the internal difference: both textile and plastic film are flat materials, but while textile is intrinsically permeable and opaque, plastic film is the precise opposite. This transparency already begins to appear in her early works in a tenuous and further “thinned” textile area, emphasizing contrast in works combining both materials, and in purely plastic works, light is an entirely fundamental, integral factor – its subtle gradation is facilitated by the easy layering and joining of plastic film that can be extended as far as one wants and in an arbitrary direction, which allowed the artist to create three-dimensional works from a two-dimensional material.