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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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GERDA FRÖMEL, A RETROSPECTIVE │ Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin → 5 July 2015

Moon and Hill, 1971, Alabaster

“An incredbli wel-rgādd ātist jrñ hr lîftîm, hr wrc z no longr wel nôn n hz nt bn on xibišn sns a 1976 retṛspctv at ɖ Hy Lên Mynisipl Gaḷri v Modn Āt, Dublin, ɖ yir aftr hr untîmli deʈ. Ɖs xibišn sīcs t brñ ny wrc t lît n t riinstet Frŕml az a modn Îriš mastr. Ɖs xibišn wl tur t F.E. McWiłm Gaḷri n Stydioz, Cânti Dân.

Ɖs xibišn wl b ɖ frst cntmprri retṛspctv v Gerda Frŕml, an ātist hu wz born in Čec̣sḷvacia in 1931 az ɖ dwtr v Jrmn pẹrnts, bt hu muvd t Îrḷnd in 1956. Š frst xibitd in ɖ Îriš Xibišn v Livñ Āt in 1957, an asošiešn ẇč cntinyd tl 1975. Š xibitd at svṛl uɖr prestijs xibišnz jrñ hr c̣rir, includñ ɖ Dwsn Gaḷri n ɖ 1970 Oireachtas Ātxibišn. Š tc svṛl cmišnz, includñ ɖ wel-nôn pìs fr P.J.Caṛl n Sun, Dundwc, (nâ Dundwc Instityt v Tecnoḷji) n olso wrct in stênd glas fr črčz in Îrḷnd n Jrṃni.

Gerda working on Head, 1969, Irish Museum of Modern Art

Abt ɖ Ātist

Ẇl Frŕml injýd an univntfl čîldhd in ɖ fwmr Čec̣sḷvacia, hr ŕli xpirı̣nsz wr māct bî ɖ trwma v ɖ Secnd Wrldwor n ɖ Jrmn Xpulšnz in its imījt aftrmaʈ. (2015 z ɖ 70ʈ anivrsri v ɖz xpulšnz). Ɖz xpirı̣nsz plês hr wɖn a grūp v Jrmn ātists – Yôzef Býs, Franc Ârbah, Eva Hesa n Georg Bāẓlits – huz wrc imrjd fṛm ɖs pôstwor invîrnmnt. In a cuntri trayñ t cm t trmz wɖ its rīsnt past, fizicli, ic̣nomicli n spiričli, in sm erı̣z āt sw a rtrn t ōdr. Verı̣s ātists hu hd wrct in an abstract stîl bfr ɖ wor, nôtbli Henri Mur fr instns, rtrnd t a pirı̣d v fiğrešn az a mīnz t prôses ɖer nīd t rı̣srt ɖ prîṃsi v ɖ hymn bodi aftr yirz v witṇsñ its dstruẋn. Ɖs ṗlitcl n culčṛl bacgrând māct Frŕml’z dveḷpmnt az š entrd ātscūl in ɖ yirz imījtli aftr ɖ wor. Frŕml inrold in ɖ Acaḍmi v Fîn Āts, Štŭtgāt, in 1948 n lêtr went on t studi in Dāmštat n ɖ Acaḍmi v Fîn Āts in Mynic, ẇr š studid metlwrc n sculpčr.

Ẇl at ātscūl in Mynic, Frŕml met ɖ yuñ sculptr Vernr Šŕman. Ɖe marid in 1955 n ɖ cupl muvd prmnntli t Îrḷnd ɖ folowñ yir, ẇr ɖe livd in Wŭdtân Pāc, âtsd Raʈfānm, ẇr Šŕman istablišt wn v ɖ onli fândriz in Îrḷnd n bgan t cast ɖer wrcs in bronz ɖr.

Ŕli wrcs xibitd in ɖ Îriš Xibišn v Livñ Āt wr cast in bronz n fiğṛtv in stîl n includd a pwtrit v hr čîld intîtld Pwtrit v Yôhan Yacob Vensslâs (1957) az wel az imijz v animlz sč az Dír Crosñ Be (1963).

In 1964 š imbāct on hr bgst projct t dêt: a sôlo xibišn at ɖ Dwsn Gaḷri in Dublin. Ɖ wrcs šôn hv clir cnẋnz t ɖ pôstwor isʈetcs v fnomṇlojcl wrcs in ɖ stîl v Alberto Jacomeți (1901-1966) wɖ riyl-lîf obzvešnz v lîf n nêčr. Unyžli wɖn ɖz ŕli wrcs, Frŕml’z prefṛns z fr an unīvn srfis, n invstmnt (plastr remnnts left ovr fṛm ɖ castñ prôses) cn b sīn, lendñ a smẇt unfiništ apiṛns t ɖz sculpčrz.

Ɖs vẹriešn in srfis z caṛctristc v Frŕml’z wrc in uɖr mtirı̣lz sč az metl n stôn; wrcs ɖt apir hîli finišt fṛm a distns, on clôsr inspẋn rvil dlibṛt mšinñmācs n čips.

In ɖ lêt 1960z Frŕml md a trnzišn fṛm cast-bronz sculpčrz t wrcs cāvd in mābl, granit, n hr fevrit mtirı̣l – aḷbastr. Š md ys v simpl fwmz: srclz, lînz n spîṛlz t cmynicet hr obzvešnz fṛm nêčr, načṛl fnomna n ɖ ṣlsčl, in ptklr, ɖ mūn n its rflẋn wr dnotd wɖ ɖ simplist v vižl côdz.

Btwn 1967-70 Frŕml cmenst hr most impwtnt cmišn Sêlz, md fr ɖ Caṛl’z Factri in Dundwc, Cânti Lâɖ, dzînd bî Scot Taḷn Wōcr. Ɖ sxesfl cmplišn v ɖ sculpčr atractd significnt poztv atnšn in ɖ pres n it bcem embḷmatc v ɖ bildñ. At ɖt pýnt it wz ɖ ljst prîvt sculpčṛl cmišn in Îrḷnd, n wn ɖt wd stand p t inṭnašnl cmparisn.

Aftr hr deʈ in 1975 hr wrc cntinyd t b čampı̣nd bî raitrz lîc Doṛʈi Wōcr, n wz includd in Rosc 1980, bt wz xibitd onli rerli.  Hr wrc rmenz in ɖ c̣lẋnz v Ɖ Ātscaunsl, Ɖ Banc v Îrḷnd, Alîd Îriš Banc, ACC Banc, Ɖ Crwfd Ātgaḷri, Dublin Siti Gaḷri Ɖ Hy Lên, Galwe-Meo Instityt v Tecnoḷji [GMIT], Limric Siti Gaḷri, Triṇti Colij Dublin n uɖrz. IMMA hz ɖ most sbstanšl holdñ v Frŕml’z wrc in a public c̣lẋn, ljli dy t aqizišns fṛm ɖ Caṛl’z C̣lẋn, az wel az ɖ Banc v Îreḷnd. Ɖe hv bn includd in landmācxibišnz sč az Ɖ Modnz (2010-2011).”

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