Ľ. Ďurček and T. Džadoň - Space for Examining
GODBOX / gallery V.
XXL perspectives on contemporary Slovak art
Space for Examining
/Ľubomír Ďurček through the eyes of Jan Kralovič
Tomáš Džadoň through the eyes of Barbora Šedivá/
The exhibition by performance and conceptual artist Ľubomír Ďurček (born 1948) at the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region considers, above all, his active civic engagement. His work was created in the 1970s and 1980s, when the public realm was loaded with political connotations. The sculptor’s gestures and intervention therefore relate to the overall situation of the Normalisation era. Clearly, their significance lies not only in uncovering instances of politico-social weirdness, but rather tends to focus on the relationships of people and situations. The gestic minimalism, ephemerality, and imperceptibility of the act is recorded using photography, which opens up mental and spiritual space for repeatedly getting close to an unrepeatable situation. Ľubomír Ďurček is a pedestrian treading the ground in towns, and transforming walks around towns and cities in communication. By recording the event, banality is transformed into a functional symbol, and through such means we can become aware of the character and semantic potential of a specific space.
A member of the younger generation of artists, Tomáš Džadoň intervenes, through the use of text, in the issue of urban and personal space. He uses the names of large block buildings in his home town of Poprad as though they conceptually demarcate the communist-era housing estate where these apartments are located. The names of the buildings present a picture of, besides the artist’s personal memories, the political nomenklatura’s need to give names to things and keep them under control. Džadoň makes these names contemporary, creating a network of concepts that depict the problems and experiences of people in the modern age. He also raises the question of what kind space actually opens up for us – if we disregard streets, road and buildings.
Ľubomír Ďurček(born 1948 in Bratislava) studied landscape and figurative art under Professor JánŽelibský, at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (1973). From 1976 he was teacher, and a conceptual and performance artist. Ďurček was also involved in the unofficial art scene, and in the 1980s participated in the activities of an association of performance artists called Terén (1982-87). Between 1981 and 1990 he organised gatherings known as Medzipriestor, in a block of flats. After 1989 Ďurček held his first independent exhibition (Považská Gallery, Žilina, 1992, Bratislava City Gallery, 2003). His recent work was shown at Modely komunikácie/Models of Communication (Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, 2012), Situačné modely komunikácie (Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, 2013) and Minútové romány/One-minute novels (with J. Kovanda and I. Bukta, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica). Ďurček has also presented his art at several international exhibitions: Works and Words (DeAppel, Amsterdam, 1979); Umění akce (Mánes, Prague, 1991); Body and the East (Moderna Galerija, Lubljana, 1998); Navzájem. Společenství 70.–80. Let/Mutually. Communities of the 1970s and 1980s (Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Brno House of Arts, Brno, 2013).
Tomáš Džadoň(born 1981) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Jiří Lindovský School, graphic design) and the Jiří Příhoda School (sculpture, 2007). He then gained a doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (“Non-studio” of Professor Dezider Tóth, 2013) in Bratislava. He won the international Essl Art Award CEE (2007), the Cyprián Majerník Award (2009) and the Tatra Banka Foundation Young Artist prize (2012). Džadoň was an iniciator of the 20 rokov od nežnej neprebehlo/20 Years after the Velvet Revolution Did not Happen and Precedens Danubiana alebo Ako zriadiť Kunsthalle na Slovensku za dva dni/Recedens Danubiana/How to set up the Kunsthalle in Slovakia in two days) projects. With Dalibor Bača, Martin Piaček and Michal Moravčík, he was also a co-founder of the Verejný podstavec (Public Pedestal) association. As part of the BOD 0 project, he organised, together with Michal Moravčík, the Pawel Althamer event on the monumental Freedom Square in Bratislava (2012).