PAVEL BÜCHLER: (HONEST) WORK │ Ikon Gallery, Birmingham → 12 July 2015

(Honest) Work. Installation photograph, Ikon Gallery (2015). Photo: Stuart Whipps, courtesy the artist and Ikon.

“Îcon priznts ɖ most comprihnsv YC xbišn t dêt bî Pavel Bšler. Born in Prāg in 1952 n bêst in ɖs cuntri sns ɖ 1980z, Bšler z rnând az an influenšl tīčr n figr in ɖ inṭnašnl ātsìn.

Bšler’z xbišn at Îcon involvz a wîd renj v mīdia, includñ txt, fând objcts, obṣlīt tecnoljiz n aproprietd dijitl mtirı̣l, caṛctristcli cmbînñ fiḷsoficl sceptisizm wɖ a smāt sens v hymr ɖt drwz atnšn t ɖ funḍmntli strenj nêčr v evrde lîf.

Vizitrz xpirı̣ns a ny wrc bî Bšler imījtli on arîvl at Îcon, Insd Wot (2010), cmprîzñ a txt xtract fṛm Samyl Becit’s Wot, (1953) set in ɖ stîl v a bcpêj n aplîd t ɖ fruntdorz. Ɖ trnzišn fṛm insîd t âtsîd, n vîsvrsa, z md ʈru a veil v txt, sūṗimpozd on ẇt z vizbl bynd. Bšler’z intvnšn on ɖ dorz z telñ, az ɖe r ɖ mīnz bî ẇč vizitrz muv btwn ɖ public relm n dedicetd ātspês, rezñ išuz v axes t āt, its rôl in ssayti n a tendnsi t xclusivti in âr ātwrldz.

Ɖ ppečl âtsîdr stêṭs pṛjctd ontu ɖ mn pṛtagnist in Ɖ Casl (2005), a ci wrc in ɖs xbišn, coṛspondz t an añzayti ɖt z ofn injendrd bî culčṛl instityšnz. Involvñ a lj insṭlešn v lâdspīcrz bêst on a 1920z dzîn bî Māconi, ɖ wrc pṛclemz a qtešn fṛm Cafca’z Ɖ Casl: Y r nt fṛm ɖ Casl, y r nt fṛm ɖ vilij, y r’nt enʈñ. Or rɖr, unfwtyṇtli, y r smʈñ, a strenjr, a man hu z’nt wntd n z in evrbdi’z we …

Brwdcast ʈru ɖ antīc sândsistm, ɖ wrdz rcwl strītproṗganda anânsmnts az ɖe insist ɖt intgrešn z impsbl, ɖt ɖ strenjr wl olwz rmen on ɖ âtsîd. On ɖ uɖr hand, Flî (2009), involvz an iluminetd fîrxit sîn n ɖ sând v a flî buzñ insd. Ɖr z no yrnñ fr admitns, bt rɖr ɖs z an iṇsnt crīčr despṛtli trayñ t gt ât.

Îcon’z xbišn olso fīčrz a nmbr v fând objcts n sml sculpčrz sč az Il Castello (2007), cnsistñ v tu fând penslz, n Cánn (2014), md fṛm a biłdbwl n pôstcād. Most v ɖz r fwtyiṭs combinešnz, brwt tgɖr t criet ṣmantc šwt srcits, rzultñ in vižl punz ɖt r funi, sutl n sbvrsv. Similrli ɖ ātist’s fasinešn wɖ wrdple z md mr xplisit in hiz on-gwñ siriz Onist Wrc (2011–), ynīc letrpres prints md fṛm old-fašnd printñblocs. Qtešnz fṛm Cāl Māx t Edgr Aḷn Po, fṛm Bānit Nymn t Jôzf Csūt, r swsz v inspirešn, az wel az côinsidnsz fând wɖn n btwn alfbets n nymericl sistmz. Ɖz letrpres wrcs constityt a bcend v an xtrōdnri srve, a cnd v vrayti ɖt cnvez rer ātistc injňuwti.

Ɖ xbišn z acumṗnid bî a publicešn, includñ txts bî Ostrı̣n filoṣfr Robert Faler n Joṇʈn Wotcinz, Îcon Drctr. In adišn Pavel Bšler hz md a ny limitd idišn, tîtld Onist Wrc (Sîḷns) (2015); avelbl xclusvli at Îcon, it z a letrpres wrc on Āčz 88 pêpr, 34 × 50 sm, idišn v 26, prîst £720.

Ɖs xbišn z ṣpwtd bî Ɖ Henri Mur Fândešn.”

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