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Jakub Janovský

First Name
Jakub
Surname
Janovský
Born
1984
Birth place
Jihlava
Place of work
Praha
Website
www.jakubjanovsky.com
Keywords
drawing
installation art
object
painting
video
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About artist

Jakub Janovský is among those members of the young generation of artists who are doing exciting work in the medium of drawing. Drawing serves Janovský as a universal medium that he can work liberally with, taking it in various unexpected and surprising directions, using not just the standard formats of paper and canvas (hanging drawings, intervention drawings, situation drawings, video, video recordings, installations, tattoos, etc.). The choice of medium is no accident and has to do with a way of thinking and reflecting. A tendency towards a ‘free’ and in places even anarchistic treatment of media corresponds to the ‘autonomy’ of the views that Janovský declares through his work. His creations frequently seem like sarcastic provocations, aggressive assaults, or are cruelly ironic. They delve into unpleasant topics like human mortality, pride, narcissism, egotism, naïvité, thoughtlessness and cruelty. In weakness and vulnerability humans are in various forms and representations presented as the embodiment of a quirk of fate, of the fate they are hauled through or variously dodge, often to the detriment of everything else around them (Alle gegen Alle, 2011).

 

Janovský also touches on the dark rituals that run through human society, across cultures and across the ages (Sabatum I, 2008; Reminiscence of Morima / Reminiscence na Morimuru, 2014; Devil / Čert, 2012). His explorations are outside time, often in signs, and function as generalised typological situations. This is matched by their intensive usually black-and-white or deliriously colourful form, often not too unlike some kind of campaign poster (Victory / Vítězství, 2012), heretic proposition (Icon / Ikona, 2012) or perverted avant-garde manifesto (Star / Hvězda, 2013; Olga, 2012; Comrades / Soudruzi, 2012). The artist takes his aim against dogmatism as such, whether linked to a specific ideology (fascism, Nazism, communism, Stalinism) or to a specific violent force (racism, xenophobia). The repolarising of good and evil and ethical frames – paradise and hell – is an important motif (Tahiti, 2013). He paraphrases to interpret earlier motifs from painting and photography (Napoleon, 2011; Woman-Breast – A Tribute to Drtikol / Žena-prso – Pocta Drtikolovi, 2014). He mixes various artistic methods and visual principles (he has done striking work with contour drawing and unorthodoxly combines techniques that bring to a head the ‘artificiality’ and ‘synthetic nature’ of a scene) in order to maximise expression and concentrate it in found reduced forms. A parallel outcome is a genre mix that oscillates between morality and morality tales. The image as an exclamation mark. Morality, by negating itself, dismantles, erases, and destroys itself. 

Author of the annotation
Petr Vaňous

Published
2015

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Education:
2000 - 2004 SUŠG Jihlava
2004 - 2010 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague  Prof. J. Svobodová, J. Petrbok)

Symposium:
2011 International Painting Symposium, Zborná, Czech Republic
2012 Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf-Fronberg - Germany
2013 Vitkovice Enamel Art 2013 Smaltovna Vitkovice Power Engineering, Ostrava

Awards:
2009 finalist NG 333 Award, the National Gallery in Prague, Trade Fair Palace
2010 finalist Critics Awards, Critics Gallery, Prague
2011 2nd Place Prize in NG 333, the National Gallery in Prague, Trade Fair Palace

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2004    Hlavy z jeho hlavy, Židovský hřbitov, Telč
2007    „19.10“, videozáznam, OGV, Jihlava
2008    Sabatum, OGV, Jihlava
2008    Alcohole eye, Židovský hřbitov, Telč
2009    Kango Mortale, Dům U Zlatého prstenu, Galerie hlavního města Prahy
2011    Familia, Gallery Petr Novotný, Praha
2011    Dušičková (Janovský, Šumbera, Véla), Trafačka, Praha
2011    Alle gegen alle, Michal´s Collection, Praha
2012    Gummi, Michal´s Collection, Praha
2013    Mental Mix, Galerie OFF/Format, Brno
2014    Mental Mix vol.II, Galerie Dole, Ostrava
2014    Mix-er, Tschechische Zentrum Wien, Vídeň
2014    Janovský – Novotný, Galerie Skleněná louka, Brno
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2005    Janovský, Návrat, Petrbok, OGV Jihlava, CZ
2006    Konfrontační přehlídka, „Arskontakt“, Galerie Arskontakt, Brno, Nová Síň, Praha
2007    Výstava studentů AVU Prah, Atelier kresby, Dům umění v Opavě
2007    „AVU 18“, Národní galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác
2008    INTROCITY - Nukleární rodina, Topičův salon, Praha
2009    Body Art Navigation festival, Petrohrad, Rusko
2009    Finalisté NG 333, Národní galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác
2010    Cena kritiky, Galerie kritiků, Praha
2010    Diplomanti AVU, Národní galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác
2010    Letní koktejl, Michal’s Collection, Praha
2010    Ontogenie – 7 dní s uměním, Zbrojovka, Brno
2010    Papírový hlavy, Trafačka, Decada, Praha
2010    Sous l’emprise de la passion, Chalons-en-Champagne, Francie
2011    Kick off, Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Praha
2011    Museum Of Young Art - Artbanka, Palác Colloredo-Mansfeld, Praha
2011    Finalisté NG 333, Národní galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác
2012    Kurace, (A)void Floating Gallery, Praha
2012    Cukr & Bič. Kresba z pražské AVU, Státní zámek – Městská galerie Litomyšl
2013    Černočerná žluč/ Pitch-black bile, Trafo galerie, Praha
2013    Důvěrná sdělení, Galerie NoD – Roxy, Praha
2014    Figura obscura. Temné tendencie v súčasnej slovenskej a českej figurálnej maľbe, Galéria SVÚ, Bratislava 
Collections
Národní galerie v Praze,
Oblastní galerie Vysočiny v Jihlavě,
AMOYA - Museum Of Young Art Praha,
soukromé sbírky v Čechách a zahraničí

Monography

Monography

Bělunková, Libuše, Galerie, A2 kulturní týdeník č.11, 2007

Vaňous, Petr (Ed.): katalog A2 „GA2LERIE“ č. 39, s. 26-27, 2007

Poláček, Vojtěch Poláček, Jakub Janovský – Alcohole Eye, Atelier č.6, s.5, 2008

Vaňous, Petr: Jakub Janovský – Kango Mortale (autoský katalog), 68 str., barev, eng, cze, 2008

Malá, Olga, Kango Mortale, GHMP, 2009

Vaňous, Petr, Kango Mortale, A2 kulturní čtrnáctideník č. 7, s. 4-5, 2009,

Vaňous, Petr, Kango Mortale. První ze Start Up/rozhovor, Atelier č.9, s.4, 2009

Tučková, Kateřina, Portfolio, Art Antiques, č.4, s. 26-27, 2009

Klevisová, Naďa, Trh s uměním – Doba není špatná, Víkend – příloha Hospodářských novin,č. 15, s. 40-41, 2011

Michalová, Rea, Originální a perspektivní,publikace, barev., eng, cze, 2011

Navrátil, Ondřej: Jakub Janovský: Mental Mix(katalog), OFF/Format Gallery, Brno, 2013

Photo

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