Conceived specially for Frameless Gallery, Lone Rangers presents the work of 8 Czech artists who have been at the forefront of recent developments in Czech culture: Stanislav Diviš, Jiří David, Antonín Střížek, Petr Nikl, Jiří Surůvka, Tomáš Císařovský, Petr Písařík and Karel Štědrý.
The key focus is the generation that emerged in the 1980s, a time when the international phenomenon of Postmodernism was radically changing perceptions about the way art is created and interpreted. The search of the young artists to define oneʼs identity and the expression of critical views of societyʼs ritualistic and repressive ʻnormsʼ that characterise the spirit of Postmodernism took on even sharper meaning in the reality of late-Communist Czechoslovakia.
Conjuring the image of a paradoxical posse of solitary figures, the title of the show, Lone Rangers, can be interpreted as a reference to the reflective, occasionally romantic and often self-ironic way these artists have found ways of engaging directly with the society they live in. This exhibition ties in with the launch of the book Pictures of Czech Postmodernism by Jiří Přibáň, Professor of Law at Cardiff University.
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Petr Nikl Holding, (držení) 2019, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
Stanislav Divis, The Rest, č. V. 20, 2008/8, acrylic on canvas, 110 x 110
Tomas Cisarovsky, V3S, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 85 x 60 cm