Dana Puchnarová Attempt at Overcoming Barriers
opening: 10/2 2018 17.00 hodin
dates:11/2 - 13/5 2018
curator: Richard Drury
location: Printmaking crossovers
Dana Puchnarová is a member of the artistic generation that, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, emerged with the resolve to confront issues of the contemporary world (as well as those of personal identity) with a radically new creative language. From the very beginning, her approach consisted in creating a holistic notion of the artwork as an embodiment of crossovers between different creative fields. We thus find in her work systematic dialogues with literature, music, architecture, philosophy and psychology. With this, Puchnarová sets out to reveal the hidden relationships between them. Despite the outward changes that Dana Puchnarová’s work has undergone during her almost sixty-year career, we can see in it an enduring starting point in geometry and spiritual reflection. After 1965, Puchnarová’s elementally conceived images became filled with light and transformed into pure geometric configurations with which she continued ‘revealing the fabric of existence’ through the curve, line, triangle and circle. The meditative universality of Puchnarová’s art does not exclude the potential for a critique of specific problems in human civilisation, as can be seen most clearly in her work of the second half of the 1970s when she condemned the moral and ecological devastation of post-1968 Czechoslovakia. Dana Puchnarová’s exhibition at GASK is being held to mark her 80th birthday. It is a concise survey of her work between 1961 and 2017 and highlights the close conceptual connections between her printmaking, drawing, painting and spatial expression.