trouble with love

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trouble with love
Curated by: Olga Dvorak

Dlouha 5
110 00 Prague
June 24th, 2010 - September 2nd, 2010
Opening: June 24th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Czech Republic
Mon-Sat 1-7; Or by appointment.
photography, installation, sculpture


dvorak sec contemporary is pleased to announce its group exhibition, trouble with love, showcasing a fine selection of famous and notorious artists of the Czech Republic inconjunction with works by artists from the USA. Curated by Olga Dvorak, this group intenational show aims to extend the exhibition reach by inviting the public to engage with what we feel are the most dynamic, exciting and progressive artworks by artists living today.

Trouble with love features painting, sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and new media by some of today's leading artists as well as the most promising work by the up-and-coming generation. The artists’ works are multidimensional and multilayered, what they share are the almost paradoxical references in their exploration of theme. Their subversive, incisive and often humorous commentaries on the subject create a very varied imagery. Norms altered and boundaries pushed, through time brings this exhibition to a battle of suspense, of love, trouble with love.


Dana Bell’s (USA) paintings illuminate great moments of 20th century cinema, selected with an eye towards classical sensibility, framed with geometric symmetry. From Fellini spectacles to little-known Noir gems, Bell spotlights films that have both strong aesthetic languages and nuanced psychological trends guiding the narrative. She has participated in a number of notable group exhibitions such as Metamorphic Gestures at the Chelsea Art Museum in 2008 and in Re-Accession: For Sale by Owner in the Flag Art Foundation.

Liu Bolin’s (CH) work reflects an insightful examination of contemporary Chinese society and the experiences of the people within it.  His art touches on a sense of adaption an individual in contemporary China must undergo as he navigates through a landscape of change and liberalization. It is a traumatic change that imposes a bipolar culture in which tradtion and foreign influence, the old and the new, are in conflict with each other, seeking our new horizons. His giant Steel Fist—authoritarian in both in size and form—puts forward the the internalized feeling of totalitarianism experience still present in his native China.

Paul Brainard (USA) an artist whose drawings and paintings present a hybrid that combines geometric abstraction, figuration, and Pop art. Brainard creates energetic and slightly chaotic compositions using a system of drawn lines, intersecting and super imposed over colored planes, diagonals and organic forms, interweaving architectural elements with sexy females, self portraits and popular figures. Brainard has participated in many notable exhibitions including a Deitch Project group show.

David Cerny (CZ) is a Czech sculptor who is best known for his controversial public art works in Prague. His work challenges the nature of what is deemed acceptable or offensive while recognizing the pervasive presence of the absurd. His incredibly well crafted pieces are thought provoking and generate both humor and outrage. David Cerny has a long history of international exhibitions and his work has been displayed in a number of prestigious institutions including  PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  He also participated in the exhibition Impermanent Places, Seven Installations from Prague in the WorldFinancialCenter in New York as well as in the 22nd Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil. His work can be found in collections in Berlin, Prague, Washington and California.

Jiri David (CZ), who has held an outstanding place in the Czech fine arts scene since the mid-eighties, has always been viewed as a figure emblematic of Czech postmodernism. He has played an important role in photography, painting, objects and installations.  The topicality of his work, as well as the totally personal engagement and exposure of an artist's individual experience can stand as the opposite of the nature of postmodernism in the Czech context.

The work of Corey D'Augustine (USA) attempts to find a positive reception for the negativity that surrounds us by examining the intersection of formalism and everyday life. This way of seeing is informed by the physical qualities of raw materials and found compositions in nature.  Rather than invent forms and coerce materials to act in a specific way, D'Augustine allows the physical characteristics of materials to define their own surface appearance and structure.  For this reason, application and gesture should stay out of the way to let the materials do their own thing.  His painting and sculpture is always an invitation to look somewhere else.

Carole Feuerman (USA) is known as one of the major hyper-realistic sculptors in America. Her ability to recreate the effect of water on the skin made her figurative sculptures of swimmers particularly well-known.  During the mid-1990s, Feuerman’s work took a dramatic turn towards a more abstract approach to the figure. Carole Feuerman was one of the artists included in "An American Odyssey 1945-1980" with the most prominent artists of the American post-WWII era.

Milan Knizak (CZ) is an artist whose work includes the origins of painting and fashion from puppets and even poetry, however it does not end there. As it so often paradoxically exists, well known not only through his work, but rather through the positions of strongly worded opinions that affect a much wider territory than that defined in the norms of art. Milan Knížák is a maverick figure of the Czech cultural scene, whose views often tamper with the seemingly tranquil surfaces of steady habits.

Jakub Matuska aka Masker (CZ) brings through his technique a streetart story from the beginnings of shooting a porno film, developing into an entirely unexpected dimension. The basis of this idea is gaining momentum in several streams, flowing down a postrealistic wave.

Michael Najjar (DE) is devoted to photography and new media art. His works explore the impact of advances in (digital) technology on contemporary society, and he creates visions and utopias of future forms of social existence driven in continual change by the influence of new technologies. Michael Najjar exhibited his work in the Venice Biennale's 10th Annual Architecture Exhibition, Cities, Architecture and Society. His works have been adopted by leading private collectors and exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world.

Kristofer Paetau & Ondrej Brody (ArG/CZ) Conceptual neo-dadaistic artistic couple which haunts for grotesque aspects of both institutionalized art world and the very phenomena of art production itself. The investigation is always and first of all in regards to the psychology of behavior as influenced or provoked by the external aspects of life and politics. Oscillating between use and abuse, advanced manipulation and cold untouchable registration of absurd reality, their work is truly critical and sincere in its desire to uncover the pathologies and hidden normalcies of inter-human relations.

The artists of Kamera Skura (CZ) try to turn the life upside down or place things vice versa. Their activitives are related to the archetypal perception of art in which the work of art is inside and outside of social reality, naturally growing from it, but also disrupting it. This approach to their work perhaps is in part due to their origins in Ostrava, a region characterized by the polarities of wealth and poverty, beauty and ugliness and of low and high—a natural opposition to the institutionalized world of contemporary art. This drives one of the principles inherent to their artworks: casting doubt on perfection, or the perception of perfection.

Roman Tyc (CZ) is a founding member of  Ztohoven, which is an award-winning Czech guerrilla artist collective known for its pranks. One of these so called pranks made by Roman Týc himself took place in the streets of Prague in 2007, when he replaced common symbols of “orderly figures” on pedestrian traffic lights with symbols of people shown in various situations (walking a dog, peeing, hanging selfmurdered etc.).