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Daniel Hanzlík

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Daniel Hanzlík, by training a glassworker at the studio led by Vladimír Kopecký, has been involved in various different media since the start of his career. These include paintings, photography, site-specific installations and audiovisual performances. New media play a pivotal role in his projects and light appears everywhere as a thematic, technical or expressive component.

Much of Hanzlík’s work is characterised by an interest in the urban space. This might involve site-specific installations or photography, especially taking advertising as its theme as a source of light and as a symbol of modern post-industrial civilisation. The aggressive visual quantity of commercials negates itself since we are incapable of perceiving individual adverts. And so Hanzlík erases them from defined surfaces, for instance in his Time Square in White. The empty surfaces have no message, and neither does the invasion of commercials to which we become immune and see them simply as scenery.

In Silenced Hanzlík created a billboard illuminated from below. So far, so good. However, there is no information and the light illuminates an empty space. As in Time Square in White we have lost the ability to endure information. LXIV examines similar themes. It is a collection of municipal light sources that influence the appearance of the environment – during the day we are aware of the historical value of places in terms of their architecture or period character, while at night, thanks to their luminous information, we see them completely differently.

The cycle Lokální vesmír / Local Universe was influenced by fractals and chaos theory. We are faced with three photographs. One is of space and taken by the Hubble Telescope, the second depicts the city and its light at night, and the third shows a high-rise apartment blocks with illuminated windows. Another group comprises light objects in which Hanzlík fixes bulbs to slats. These depict the acronyms we use in SMSes and chats. The illuminated letters ISYAW mean I see you anywhere, and MYOB is Mind your own business.

Another site-specific project is Rekonstrukce / Reconstruction. Taking an original baroque sculpture from Charles Bridge held in a lapidarium, Hanzlík placed a billboard on it with a photograph of its location and the sound of tourists. The project Zahrada / Garden was created specifically for the Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen in Liberec. It comprises two installations inspired by modified and reinterpreted elements of a specific commercial.

The primary aim of a commercial is to draw attention and to have an effect on the senses of potential customers. Hanzlík activated this function in an op-art inspired installation of black-and-white sticky tape placed on the floors and pillars of the rooms of a gallery, thus achieving an intense optical effect of a transformed environment. In another installation he used the motif of a commercial transferred into a video installation in such a way that the information on the commercial was concealed and perceived only by virtue of a detail of the project that moves around the wall in a horizontal and vertical direction and gradually scans the entire projection surface. The effect is to suppress or even erase the original information. The video projection includes the construction of a billboard of an empty panel intended for fly posting. The sculpture semantically negates the function of the billboard and becomes simply an emptied construction.

Another element of Hanzlík’s work involves painting. At first sight this seems to imply geometric abstraction and is reminiscent of the minimalism of the 1960s, though its starting point is always concrete. Panting – acrylic paint on canvas – based on electronic images (e.g. a PC screen increased to macrostructure) or on pictures of fluorescent lamps. The original image is freely interpreted and depicts a certain cut-out and detail. Information is present but illegible. Hanzlík is asking whether the light might not be have a spiritual, transcendent dimension: the viewer is enveloped in luminous energy.

His cooperation with Pavel Mrkus forms a special chapter in Hanzlík’s output. Together they created BOOT_audiovisual, a platform for audiovisual performances, electronic music, digital art and site-specific installations. BOOT_audiovisual participates in the realisation of audiovisual and interactive exhibitions. These productions are created in situ and in real time and are not prepared in advance. The different elements of the production have a mutual influence on each other, i.e. sound reacts to image and vice versa. Sound is not simply the background to images. Prior to realising a project the actors create several sets of sounds and images that are then mixed live. The sound is computer generated. It does not involve melody but audio modulation in which Hanzlík works with frequencies that he distorts, extends, layers and rythmicises. The images are created by the outputs from generated graphic design or from real videos. The rhythm of the alternation of visual surfaces corresponds directly to the audio form of ambient structures and together creates a compact audiovisual stream.



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Ivona Raimanová


1989-1995 Academy of applied arts, architecture and design in Prague
1984-1988 Secondary Glass Making School in Železný Brod

2001 Purchase Award of Primorsko – goranska County (15th international triennial of drawings, Modern Gallery in Rijeka, Croatia)
1996 the Corning Prize, Corning Museum, USA

2001 Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
1996 Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA


Solo exhibitions
Zdroje signálů. Colloredo-Mansfeldský palác, Galerie hlavního města Prahy

Datascape. Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem

Geodesic. Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury, Gdańsk, Polsko

In that Place. Galerie Avoid, Praha

Respect of Privacy. Galerie Vernon projekt, Praha

F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions (s P. Mrkusem). Dresdner Kunstverein, Dresden
Flash Back. Vlastivědné muzeum a Galerie, Česká Lípa
Zahrada. Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen…, Liberec

Shift (s P.Mrkusem). Synagoga, Centrum pro současné umění,Galéria Jána Koniarka, Trnava
F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions (s P. Mrkusem). Dresdner Kunstverein, Dresden
Prostor pro jedno dílo. Pražákův palác, Moravská galerie, Brno

City Light. Galerie VŠUP, Praha
Non-Electric Picture. Dům umění, České Budějovice

Inscape. Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem
City Light. Dům umění, Brno

Zářiče. Galerie Malá Špálovka, Praha

Části částí. Lounská výstavní síň Telecom, Louny
Množiny. Galerie Suterén, Ústí nad Labem
Noc a Noc (s P. Mrkusem). Galerie Sýpka, Osová Bytýška

Pomyslný střed. Galerie Die Aktualität des Schönen, Liberec
Zdánlivý pohyb. Projekt Starter & Sorter, Galerie Detail Art, Praha
Černý posuv. Galerie U dobrého pastýře, Brno
Kresby do grafitu. Malá výstavní síň, Louny

Mýtus o Hvězdě. Regionální muzeum, Teplice

Introitus (s P. Mrkusem ). kostel Povýšení sv. Kříže, Moravský Beroun,
Galerie E. Filly, Ústí nad Labem

Výstava v nuselském ateliéru II. (s P. Mrkusem ), Praha

Výstava v nuselském ateliéru I. (s P. Mrkusem ), Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Doteky hudby. Severočeská galerie výtvarného umění, Litoměřice
Velké ticho. Galerie moderního umění, Hradec Králové

Film v súčasnom umení. Nitranská galéria, Nitra, Slovensko
Paralelní historie. Galerie Středočeského kraje, Kutná Hora

Česká malba generace 90. let. Dům umění, Brno
Fundamenty & Sedimenty. Galerie hlavního města Prahy
Paralelní historie. Severočeská galerie výtvarného umění, Litoměřice
Rhytmic Exercises. BWA Sokol Gallery, Nowy Sacz, Polsko

SCOPE Basel Artshow. Basil, Švícarsko
Akce ZET. Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem
Formate der Transformation 89 – 09. MUSA Museum auf Abruf, Vídeň, Rakousko

Formáty transformace 89-09. Dům umění, Brno
No Reply Necessary. Galerie Vernon City, Praha
Labyrint světla. Ekotechnické muzeum, Praha
Arte Fiera Bologna, Itálie

Spiknutí. Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem
Tina B. - Festival současného umění. Italský kulturní institut, Praha
Aeronále. Letiště Praha
Světla měst a noční chodci. Galerie moderního umění, Hradec Králové

Tina B. - Festival současného umění, Lapidárium Národního muzea, Praha
4. Mezinárodní bienále Industriální stopy 2007, Hornický skanzen Mayrau, Vinařice
Prostor pro intuici. Dům U zlatého prstenu, Galerie hl. m. Prahy

IV. Nový zlínský salon. Dům umění, Zlín

Paralelní promítání. Dům umění v Opavě, Galerie Šternberk

Ejhle Světlo. Moravská galerie, Brno

Monochromie. České muzeum výtvarných umění, Praha
IV. Bienále mladého umění Zvon 2002. Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Praha
Hot Destination / Marginal Destiny. Hipermarket Mediator, Srebreno, Chorvatsko

Možná sdělení. Moravská galerie, Brno
15th International Exhibition of Drawings. Modern Gallery in Rijeka,
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chorvatsko

Nejasná evidence. Dům umění, České Budějovice
II. Zlínský salon mladých. Státní galerie, Zlín

Umění pro nemocnici. Galerie V. Špály , Praha
Klub konkretistů. SNG, Bratislava

Pohyb kolem středu. Dům umění, Brno

I. Zlínský salon mladých. Státní galerie, Zlín
O počátku. Klášter Plasy

Private Anamnesis. Dominikánský klášter sv. Vojtěcha, Ústí nad Labem,
Oblastní galerie v Liberci
Exhibition of Light Emitting Objects. Bubba Mavis Gallery , Seattle , USA

Mladí umělci z Prahy. Kunstmuseum Ehrenhof , Düsseldorf, SRN
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Praha
Moravian Gallery, Brno
Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Ceský Krumlov
Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Japan
Modern Gallery in Rijeka, Croatia
private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad
Other realisations

Audiovizuální performance (s P. Mrkusem):


A.M.2011. Obecní dům, Praha



Graycode. Motorenhalle, Dresden, Galerie současného umění, Ostrava

Barocode. Nosticův palác, Praha, St. Leonardo church, Venice, Itálie

Recovery. Dům umění, České Budějovice



Exit. Galerie E. Filly, Ústí nad Labem

(A)VOID Gallery, Praha

Minimaraton elektronické hudby. GVU, Ostrava

Transmissionscheibe II. Ekotechnické muzeum, Praha

Landschaft. Národní galerie, Klášter Sv. Jiří, Pražský hrad

Transmissionscheibe I. Motorenhalle, Dresden



Deartisation. Národní Galerie, Veletržní palác, Praha






Neuron. Fakulta umění a designu, Ústí nad Labem



Indikátor. Český statistický úřad, Praha



Vartecká, Anna: Daniel Hanzlík, Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen, Flash Art No.5, 2007

Machalický, Jiří: Kontrast křehkosti a agrese, Lidové noviny, 1. března 2007

Koleček, Michal: Daniel Hanzlík: Zahrada, Reflex - EX č.6 / 2007

Malá, Olga: Perfect Tense - Malba dnes, text katalogu výstavy

Pospiszyl, Tomáš: Daniel Hanzlík: City Light, časopis Týden, 2003

Valoch, Jiří: Světelné město Daniela Hanzlíka, Ateliér 16-17/2003


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