Exhibitions

Although Aleš Čermák (*1984) has been moving about the art scene and publicly exhibiting for roughly six years now, it was only this year that he successfully completed his studies at Jiří Příhoda’s Studio for Monumental Works at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. His founding of the Ausdruck Books publishing house also relates directly to his work, for literature, reading and text are a fundamental means of expression for him; ones that he places in the gallery space. The publishing house then extends beyond this environment and community.

Some of his exhibitions are more construction, others build on recurring ideas. His work at the Fotograf Gallery has however its clear, yet not fully communicated, reading or message. The main characters are two women; thus bending the nature of the exhibition toward a „theatrical“ form, which is indicative for Aleš Čermák. In one documentary, the important American film director and theorist, choreographer, dancer and poet, Maya Deren, says that women’s time differs from men’s time. The male world is one of now, the female world is one of constant metamorphosis; it is not about what’s happening now, but rather about what will come after. The anticipated gender theme, woven into the pioneering work about two protagonists divided by three centuries, actually incorporates a construction into the exhibition (or correlations that accommodate its intention) – Maya Deren’s films are pioneering for many reasons, but the most important is her means of capturing the female body, women on film. The female does not take on the role of the passive object that the viewer looks at. On the contrary, she is in constant movement, which predetermines and dictates the flow of the movie and its rhythm. The film medium itself is dependent on this immanent movement. Then not just the exhibition‘s antique format and the name of Barbara Strozzi’s baroque composition, Heraclitus in Love, combine with the stoic physics. This is an obsessively female work by two women, whose energy was burning within the Baroque, male society of Hollywood directors of the 1940s. In different spots there is mention of their temperaments, expression, opinion, emotionalness and the scope of their production.

 

 

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