The work of Štepánka Šimlová has played a fundamental part in defining and incorporating media painting into Czech art.
Her unique technique, characterized through the use of an expressive media language unclosed the romantic and many times moving levels imbedded in her work and connected them with elements of melancholic irony.
Š. Š. is well aware of the progression in work, as well as the developments on the Czech and the international art scene, resulting in the break from computer techniques and the return to a more spontaneous artistic method. This transition was apparent in her last exhibition at Karlin Studios (Tisloki, 2006), as well as the Vzduch Temže (Air of the Thames) project (huntkastner artworks), where the shift from allegory to subliminal perception targeting the individual mind of every spectator becomes clearly visible.
In her recent work Š.Š. invalidates post conceptual praxis. She avoids subjects that can be immediately questioned and focuses on things which are given, and are easier to deal with.
The exhibition is a concept of its own. A concept beyond the borders of straightforward understanding. A concept understood only through the connection with the spectator and his imagination. Is it an abstract dream? Is it a lyrical crime story? Or is it a form of abstract conceptualism?
The question of the “Neon” exhibition is the extent to which we are able understand the idea of idyll; its tempting nature, and our inability to ever really reach it. The show presents idyll in various pictures constructed through the language of abstract painting, the aesthetics of the 60’s and through elements derived from american films. Similarly to a lot of exhibitions by Š.Š, the show is partially and exhibition, partially theater. It could painting, but that would be too simple. It could be a scary movie, but that would be boring. We could view it as a series of scenes from the end of a film, but that would be too moving. It could also be personal, if it weren’t that strange.
- This exhibition is very specific for not having any concept.00:00:20.802
- I think even the title "Neon" is very general.00:00:24.215
- It is a luxury that we can afford just only on our home ground00:00:31.774
- when we do not have to specify the exhibition beforehand.00:00:36.754
- I may contradict myself, but I planned my exhibition so00:00:47.220
- that I would do all the things that I always had on my mind.00:01:03.634
- These things represent strong visual experiences00:01:04.710
- that may come from my childhood.00:01:06.977
- I have never created them00:01:08.807
- because they did never go with the themes I worked with.00:01:11.526
- I think it is interesting that after a long time00:01:20.237
- when she dedicated only to the things that were linguistically defined,00:01:26.459
- she returns both to the things she did before00:01:38.869
- and to the things that are more based on feelings, moods, and situations.00:01:41.669
- I cannot say this is a continuation.00:01:49.968
- However, I think I have managed to get rid of the label "The photoshopped artist"00:01:55.699
- or the artist that work with manipulated photography.00:02:05.762
- I do not want to delete this period, but I feel better doing installations.00:02:16.713
- You need to see the whole installation.00:02:28.012
- It´s necessary to see how she works with media archetypes, moods, and installation as a whole.00:02:36.870