Jakub Matuska aka Masker - ‘Tree Growing from His Ear’
RED Gallery is proud to present MASKER one of the leading young Czech artist of his generation. MASKER The recipient of the equivalent of the UK’s Turner prize was awarded the prestigious 333 2012 award for a young artist who excels in their field. Jakub Matuska show will be his first large-scale solo show after his sell out event at the Dvorak-Sec Gallery in Prague. Masker is widely considered in Europe as one of the most important Czech artists of his generation. Later this year he will be exhibiting in the National Gallery in Prague.
Masker’s past lies within the graffiti and street art scene of Eastern Europe. Although this is an essential factor, this serves as only one crucial aspect for an artist whose body of work resolutely refuses to be pigeonholed. This artist presents us with an unstable, dynamic and constantly evolving world, in which ideological and pictorial perspectives keep on shifting to reach a seeming plateau but leave one constantly on ones toes – trees start growing out of one’s ears, or one’s sense of scale fractures, one turns one gaze, turns a corner, all of a sudden to arrive beneath a scorching sun, or a blistering night sky. A fragmentation that reveals moments of loss of focus and familiarity into distant times and spaces…
In his new work Masker questions the borders of sensuality. The artist’s internal dispute between the denial and acceptance of the traditional rules of painting provides a dialectical energy, a point of friction that pushes the artist’s work onto to constantly new territories.
This project is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Artworks borrowed from Dvorak Sec Gallery in Prague : http://www.dvoraksec.com/
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