part l. (cutting out, gluing on, drawing in)

Eva Koťátková

03.07. – 29.07.07

Wooden planks, clay, straw, MDF, paper, umbrella, tablecloth, fan, table, yellow paint, textile, metal holders, chair, frames, glass, plastic tank, syrup, water, sololit.

Cutting out, Gluing on, Drawing in illustrates the work techniques and also universal principals of our dealing with our environment. The form and shape of objects are tested and destructed or slightly shifted, cut out, glued on. The existing objects or their parts are then either re-constructed or re-cycled. The method is demonstrated on objects of different use and material [the author to a large extent uses materials typical for its unstability] by different tools according to their being hard, brakeable, fragile, gooy etc.

The author uses space and objects to create a collage. Their elements are taken from their natural context and put together or left in a negative cut out. One could even create a detailed list of manipulations done to the space [created gaps, missing parts, random clippings or perfectly measured and cut out parts, remaining leftovers that were original part of a whole, only to be taken from it and then creating a new whole]. The drawing is created from older drawing brutally cut into pieces, put and glued together, so there are different motives and stories, styles, techniques and times layered and mixed together.

The result is a sense of decay and disruption, sense of objects and space falling into fragments – the wooden planks form waves or run apart and escape the symmetry of the wall, a lump of clay covers the pole sticking out of the wall only to disguise the geommetrical shape of the hanger by its own lack of shape [or maybe by its including all possible shapes all at once]. Due to the circulating air the clay grows dry and falls apart and down on the floor, but every new crack in the clay creates a new shape.

Both material and function are taken into great doubt, motives are mixed and glued together. The installation is a collection of shapes that have lost their crystall-clear original form and are shown here as hybrids, reminding us of familiar places or things that we know from the world around us and remember in our imperfect memories.