CES Gallery presents Papercut, a solo exhibition of new works by Ira Svobodová. Coming off the success of her US debut at VOLTA NY 15 this past March, Svobodová continues to expand the Papercut series with new large format works for her first Los Angeles one-person show.
Blending spatial dimensions; Playing with possibilities and impossibilities; Hidden anticipation only partially uncovered. These are common themes of Czech painter Ira Svobodová’s new body of work, Papercut. In each series there is a shift in her painting from her earlier works. The new direction is balanced yet unsettling—implementing optical deceptions that teeter on the edge of abstract and recognizable, between two- and three-dimensional spaces.
The Papercut series layers sheets of paper as representational layering of personal conditions such as emotions, thoughts, knowledge and experiences. Earlier works draw from concrete structures, while the new iterations shift to more fragile ephemeral forms and materials. There is a tenderness and softness emphasized by the choice of colors, yet dramatic tension activates the pieces. While making this work, Svobodová intensively listened to the music of Antonin Dvorak, capturing his lyricism and alternating rhythms during the process. The minimalist stacked bent paper alludes to origami, but at the same time they could conceivably be writing paper—waiting to be written upon, and structured to swallow messages.
Papercut reveals that it is sometimes better to stay in a realm of uncertainty, groping between what appears to be a reality, what seems physically touchable, yet where any attempt to grasp suddenly escapes.
Adapted from original text by: PhD. Tereza Bruthansová
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Ira Svobodová obtained her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Svobodová’s work has been displayed in the Czech National Gallery of Modern Art and in the Ministry of Culture in Prague. While representing CES at VOLTA NY 2015, her presentation was listed as a top ten “must see” booth at the fair by Artnet, and was recently placed on a top 7 artists to buy now watch list by Saatchi chief curator Rebecca Wilson.