Elsi Spitmann Kyncl
Galerie Ztichlá klika
25 July 2013 - 20 October 2013
curator Jan Placák
Since the beginning of the 1950s, the work of Elsi Spitmann has been replete with fresh colourfulness. Elsi composes monochrome planes side by side and thus creates compositionally inventive pieces in which she intensifies, accentuates, or, on the contrary, supresses the landscape, background, coastal pier, flowers, or houses among trees. Over time, concrete forms gradually vanish from her pictures. Elsi tries to capture the concrete, painted object as a feeling, which one can approach only when the object’s original purpose is forgotten. When we try to penetrate the mystery of the object we are examining visually, led only by feeling, do we try to paint it. Composed in various ways, but at the same time carefully elaborated compositionally, various angular, rounded, oval, but also very deformed and distorted forms, at times interpenetrate each other, while elsewhere harmoniously and contentedly coexisting side by side. In the seventies her ink drawings settle down into optically undulating, simple contours of bodies, which blend into one another and in places merge with the sinuous design.
JAN PLACÁK (born 30 Oct 1958, five minutes after seven o’clock in the evening). In 1965 he became the Champion of Prague 6 in Olympic gymnastics in the floor exercise. In 1972 he won a tennis tournament in Prague and received the award from the tennis player Jan Kodeš. Since then, nothing significant has occurred in his life. For several years now he has been exhibiting his work one day a year at a group exhibition he organizes in his garden in the Jizera Mountains.
- Rozhovor s E.S., Janem Placákem a Petrem Svobodou, Čro Vltava, srpen 2013 - audio se otevře v novém okně - zároveň s poslechem můžete procházet web