Togerther But Apart

This project is a pure synthesis of things and topics I have been recently interested in. From the moment I started drawing first sketches until the realization of the work the form changed a lot, however, the core idea remained the same. When I arrived to Japan I was open to new inspiration. The most inspiring moment was a visit to the Toyama Glass Art Museum. One of the long-term exhibitions is a “hall of glory” of pieces by various artists from all over the world. Czech glass artists are represented there as well. For instance, Stanislav Libenský, Pavel Hlava, Josef Marek and Pavel Trnka. Pieces they created are exhibited side-by-side with pieces by artists from other countries. Is it an unbelievably concentrated exhibition. Every piece leaves a strong impression. I didn’t like everything of course, but still, I saw many pieces that really impressed me especially works of Pavel Hlava or Colin Reid. I tried to analyze what makes them so special and how they can raise so many emotions. Every time there were some features in common - the highest level of craftsmanship, contrast of colors and perfect line of a shape. I am inspired when the work embodies a strong concept along with brilliant craftsmanship. The installation itself left a strong impression on me. The exhibited pieces were brilliant but on the other hand, also somehow untouchable and “cut off from life”. This wasn’t the first time I observed this contrast. I am very interested in this topic and it is the focus of my project. When I returned from the museum I started drawing again and completely remade my previous sketches. The only thing which remained the same was an intention to work with the transparency of glass and the ability to see through the material to observe structure - either abstract or concrete. This is a point that fascinates me from a long-term view. In Japan, I saw a lot of various of structures from different materials that had an impact on the final aesthetic as well. In my project “Together But Apart” I want the glass sculpture that is inspired by classical pieces to transfer to the present time by changing its environment. Installation on a water level (a table covered with a puddle of water...) in a non-museum-looking space is a symbol of dissolution of its untouchability and opens ones mind to number of new associations. The piece is presented in a new context and its feeling is different. My aim is to break down an invisible wall between viewers and the piece. You now have an open choice - you can either come closer and touch it or remain still and just play with the idea that there is such a possibility. The project is not finished. It’s still in process. I’m going to continue to create a series of photos with the piece installed on a water level in different surroundings in order to make it as diverse as possible. After that, I would like to present it together with the piece and show how adaptable it’s appearance and meaning can be. Concerning the name, it’s attached directly to the process of realization. My original aim was to create two sculptures of the same size and shape and install them together. Contrast of colors and their positions would bring a certain tension and capture the viewers attention. However, during the process of casting, some unexpected complications occurred so I finished just one of the pieces. Instead of having a pair I have one. I noticed that by putting it on the water I can still change it. In that moment they are reunited again. There is one more interesting point. The color of glass is changing according to your distance and angle. Every time the viewer can observe something surprising and can be taken far from everydayness...


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