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Alice Nikitinová

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Though Nikitinová is of Ukrainian origin, her work has been formed within a Czech context. She works with paint, often associated with spatial and objective outputs. The clean (basic) colour scheme and thematic material is her personal development of avant-garde surface forms, whose subjects are usually based on everyday reality. In her canvases she extracts compositions from the working environment, tools or discarded objects. A continually applied mode of work with coloured surfaces that directly define the form of the painted objects gives rise to seemingly limitless series in which one or more motifs are usually repeated. The group of painting from 2006–2007 compositionally reflect figural subjects of “labour” compositions in which the artist achieves expressive stylisation on the basis of geometrised symbols of uniforms and means of transport. Later this series gave rise to an exhibition entitled “Labour” for the Nod Gallery. In subsequent years solitary items such as an ashtray, transport signs, rubber gloves or boots appeared in her paintings and objects. The painting is gradually transformed into a full-on record of an item (e.g. a cardboard box or empty notice board).

Nikitinová bases her work on a conscious acceptance of a modernist and avant-garde programme. She investigates the existing achievements of everyday life as current painterly experience. In 2011 she painted a series of pictures whose model were emptied or dilapidated areas reserved for billboards: a single colour leaf attached by straps. By means of a small shift in the illusory imitation of the shadow of a strap, Nikitinová achieved an authentic transfer into a purely painterly sphere and geometry. She often transcends this rule by the plastic processing of several surfaces to a reduced symbol of reality.

Outwardly empty but for painting the completely direct route to a coloured interface of a concrete subject continues to be important, for instance, in a series of “open books” that in a precise composition are transformed into a geometric intersection and framed within the painting.

Nikitinová’s exhibitions are indispensible. One of them was part of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, another took place in Amsterdam in the Juliette Jongma Gallery. In both of these Nikitinová transforms a group of paintings into a convincing whole. The game and its “colour calculation” (utterly explicitly in the exhibition Old School in The Hague) are the basic landmarks on the imaginary map of the installation plan. Repetitive banality occasionally enters into lines on the paintings (high voltage wires, safety pins), so as to create its own autonomous language. And, on the contrary, the readymade quality of everyday items (split tyres, a mailbox, a birdhouse) absorbs colour as an unusual intervention of the game and colour calculation.

Author of the annotation
Radim Langer



1998-2004 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Prof. Sopko`s painting studio
2003 Scolarschip an Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain
1994-1998 The secondary art school, Kiev, Ukraine

Residences and workshops:
2011 Billytown, Haag, NL
2010-2011Guest studios DCR, Haag, NL
2008-2009 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
2007 Chantier public, Lyon
2005 Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
2003 Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain

2010 finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award


Solo exhibitions
Tetris, galerie HIT, Bratislava, SK
Na kraji, GVUN, Náchod, CZ
Dvojdřez, Galerie Chodovská tvrz, CZ (společně s Janem Turnerem, k Jiří Ptáček)
Modrá, galerie Jádro, Brno

Relatively unimportant features, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam,NL
Bez názvu, Galerie 207, VŠUP, Praha, CZ
Old School, Billytown, Haag, NL (společně s Lucii Nimcovou)
Maličkosti, Galerie Dole, Ostrava, CZ
Foto-výstava, Galerie Jáma, Ostrava, CZ

Banán naskle, Galerie města Blanska (společně s Janem Turnerem, k Jiří Ptáček)
Delegace, galerie 36, Olomouc, (k Lenka Vítková)
Tepláky a kravata, Strabag Kunstforum, Vídeň
Ca ne fait rien, centrum současného umění Oui, Grenoble
B1, galerie Minikino, Ostrava
Stuff, galerie BolteLang, Zurich
Tepláky a gumáky, StartUp, GHMP, Dům u Zlatého Prstenu, Praha

Don't touch!, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (společně s Jean-Baptiste Maitre)
Jedna-dvě, galerie Jelení, Praha

Práce, galerie Nod, Praha (společně s Žánou Kadyrovou)
Pracya, galerie Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kiev (společně s Žánou Kadyrovou)
Šunkový nářez, galerie 35m 2, Praha (společně s Ivarsem Gravlejsem)

Pokoření kosmu, kavárna Ouky-Douky, Praha

Every bone broken, galerie Daubner, Praha (společně s Tomášem Vaňkem)

Výstava Bez názvu galerije Půda, Jihlava
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
EU, Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal, NL
The False Calculations presidium, Museum podnikání a filantropie, Moskva, RU
Současná česká malba, Galerie NTK, Praha
Homo mathematicus, Galerie NTK, Praha
Fotbal, Fotofestival Uničov

NY / Prague 6, České Centrum, New York, USA
Galerie 2, Intersekce, Pražské Quadrienále, CZ
Skuter III, Bienále mladého umění, Trnava, SK
VI Nový Zlínský salon, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění, Zlín, CZ
Een i treurend om een punt, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, NL
Nedůvěra k inteligenci, Open gallery, Bratislava, SK
Česká malba generace nultých let 21 století, Wanniek gallery, Brno, CZ

Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého, DOX, Praha
932m 2z depozitáře Galerie Jelení, Galerie Jelení, Praha
A Simple Story, galerie Mladých, Brno
Kas ir 'čehu' maksla?, centrum kultůry 'Ilguciems', Riga
Tape it!, centrum současného umění Oui, Grenoble
Strabag Artaward International 2010, Strabag Kunstforum, Vídeň

RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
Prague biennale 4
Ribba (30x40cm),Galerie Kabinet, Brno

RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
Resetting, Galerie Hlavního města Prahy, Městská knihovna
Cena Kritiky, Galerie Kritiků, Praha

Mobility, Regensburg
Normal, Chantier Public, Lyon
Basse def, centrum současného umění Oui, Grenoble
Une rentrée, centrum současného umění Oui, Grenoble

Chaplin Resident Fighter galerie Futura, Praha
Acné Rudolfinum, Praha
Not just one room but many, galerie AVU, Praha
Atelier Sopka- absolventi a studenti, České Budějovice

Že je to špatné, ale ještě horší, galerie AVU, Praha

Výstava diplomantů AVU
Sopko-KW-absolventi-studenti, galerie XXL, Louny

MartinůReloaded, AMU, Praha
Festival Art-Kljazma, Moskva
Výstava Erazmus Studentů, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca

Kindergarden, Praha
Ticho, prosím, maluji, Výstava studentů AVU v galeriji U prstenu, Praha

LabyrintRelax, Praha



GA2LERIE (Vaňous Petr ed. ), vydal Kulturní týdeník A2, s.r.o. jako přílohu v roce 2007


P. Vaňous, Resetting/ Jiné cesty k věcnosti/ Alternative Ways To Objektivity (katalog výstavy), GHMP - Městská knihovna, 21. 12. 2007 - 23. 3. 2008, nestr., Praha 2008



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