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Jan Šerých

First Name
Jan
Surname
Šerých
Born
1972
Birth place
Prague
Place of work
Prague
Website
http://janserych.com/
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Keywords
digital image
painting
video
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About artist

Just a few years ago Jan Šerých’s paintings were mainly about the illusion of the canvas, commenting on the hardware of contemporary mass culture. By hardware the artist means various buttons, by which the cultural supply is governed. Currently Šerých is interested more in the programme itself, i.e. the software of contemporary culture. Programmes are created with the help of a language, commands, passwords. Šerých indicates that all the individual variations of the current cultural supply (offering) develop from the same basis or foundation. It is only that they are manipulated in various combinatory ways. A basic example is perhaps a „classic“: BLACK SABBATH.

Through transposition or removal of certain unnecessary notes you get ABBA. And the notes can obviously be combined in a different way. Passwords work as launch mechanisms for associations. In the current cultural atmosphere we expect that behind most notes played there are references to some cultural layer (business/commerce, fashion, etc.). Notes function like logos, which are the tips of the iceberg. Behind the logo the context that makes either conspirators or rebels surface. Šerých perceives contemporary reality as a landscape of notes/signs and references. Sometimes he replaces full passages with slogans/passwords or abbreviations. The shortened version of the password/slogan sounds even more conspiratorial and informed. Take for example just the letters BS (BLACK SABBATH). Šerých stylises the letters so that they can also be read as 85. This ambiguity increases the taste for success in the cases of informed persons, those who are able to „read properly.“ Sometimes even an informed person fails. The artist sets up another note/sign variation, i.e. BL or BLA. Such passwords differ in no way from common methods of communication in contemporary advanced culture and despite this we are not successful in decoding them. In this way the artist comments on contemporary cultural coding and exposes it as being, to a large degree, empty. At any time there can be a breakdown or mix-up of codes, i.e. due to computer viruses. The fact that the artist primarily examines the current means of coding our cultural supply does, of course, have an influence on the „form“ of his creative expression. We already mentioned his deviation from illusionism. Letters are simply the canvas, stickers. Their framework is indifferent space. If Šerých were to explore a more complicated dimension than the canvas, then it would be that of screens. The sources of the artist’s concepts are two-fold: markers and computers. Both represent basic contemporary media. Sketch concepts are carried out by means of a broad trace of the marker, through geometrically-organised lines.

 

The broad „highlighter“ is not very opaque and thus when lines cross, a new colour and spatial effect occurs. Drawings/sketches are rather schemes, for here the supporting element is lines and not the surface/canvas. The artist’s drawings are evidently not aesthetic. The artist makes sketches for his images in a computer graphics medium. This does not concern complicated finesses in the sense of advanced illusionary graphics for computer games and other visualisations, but rather the basic possibilities offered by the programme and the nature of the machine. The artist uses a stencil to transfer his computer-created and computer-influenced compositions onto the canvas. The stencil ensures the „objectiveness“ of the transfer; a hand-made effort is a „subjective“ deviation. A subjective input implies some sort of friendship between man and the machine, an entry into communication with artificial intelligence. The computer is a partner in the dialogue. Šerých thus is inspired by the contemporary form of communication, in which the means has become the end. He moves about in a territory of abstract marking, using newer and newer codes. The endless combination and generation of passwords from a common base indicates the superficiality of the coding and marking space. However, this is one of the most attractive games of the contemporary age: so why not play along too.

Author of the annotation
Václav Hájek

CV

2008 ISCP, New York, USA
2005 PROGR, Bern, CH
1992-1999 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
1996-2002 Member of the artist group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec / Headless Rider), with Josef Bolf, Ján Mančuška and Tomáš Vaněk

2003,2005 - finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award
Member of art groups included in ARTLIST.
Headless Rider

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2014
Pustina, Berlínskej model, Praha
Čtvrt na jedenáct, Galerie Set, Liberec
Wysiwyg, Plato, Ostrava

2013
Jan Šerých, videoroom, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně
Tma, Bistro 8, Praha
Cokoli, Galerie Kabinet T., Zlín
!sey ,lleH, Galerie Jelení, Praha

2012
Tisíciúhelník (s Alenou Kotzmannovou), Fait Gallery, Brno

2011
Lies and Layers (s Esther Stocker), hunt kastner, Praha
Dnes, Galerie Etc., Praha

2010
Nejlepší ze všech špatných řešení, Galerie Blansko

2009
Bip Bip / Beep Beep, Labor, Budapest, HU
Paramnézie / Paramnesia, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Ano / Yes, Staroměstská radnice, Galerie hlavního města Prahy / Old Town Hall, City Gallery Prague

2008
Vasil Artamonov, Jan Šerých, NoD, Praha / Prague
Poslední snímek / The Last Frame, Ateliér Josefa Sudka (The Studio of Josef Sudek), Praha / Prague
The Architecture of a Chance (Architektura náhody), ISCP, New York, USA

2007
Takemehome, Hunt Kastner Artworks, Praha / Prague

2006
Gotohell, Galerie Na Bidýlku (Gallery on Perch), Brno
Jednoho krásného rá... (One Lovely Morn...), Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen, Liberec
Zakázané uvolnění — s Michalem Škodou (Icing / Forbidden Release — with Michal Škoda), Wannieck Gallery, Brno

2005
Double Feature Picture Show (s Josefem Bolfem / with Josef Bolf), Galerie České pojišťovny, Praha / Prague
Abbey Road 2:45, Atrium Pražákova paláce, Moravská galerie v Brně / Moravian Gallery, Brno

2004
A je to! (That‘s It!), A. M. 180, Praha

2003
Kdopak to mluví? (Look Who‘s Talking), Dům umění České Budějovice / House of Art České Budějovice
Bla, Galerie 761, Ostrava
Galerie Na Bidýlku (Gallery on Perch), Brno
10 rad jak vypadat skvěle při sexu (10 Tips How to Look Great During Sex), G99, Dům pánů z Kunštátu / House of the Kunštát Lords, Brno

2002
Placebo, Galerie Václava Špály, Praha / Václav Špála Gallery, Prague

2000
Ozzy, Galerie Černý pavouk (Black Spider Gallery), Ostrava

1999
Dial, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze / Trade-Fair Palace, National Gallery in Prague

1998
Pereme se za vás (We Are Fighting For You), výkladní skříň BJ, ulice Komunardů, Praha / BJ display box, Komunardů street, Prague
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2014
Prostory narace, NoD, Praha
Svět práce, Galerie U Dobrého pastýře, Brno
Čtení, Galerie TIC, Brno
VII. Nový zlínský salon, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně

2013
Pro mnohé uši, Fait Gallery, Brno
Lapidarium, Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, Praha
Blind Spot, Galerie NTK, Praha
Um Pretérito Imperfeito, Galerie Presenca, Porto, PT

2012
Ř! Česká národní identita v současném výtvarném umění, Galerie Umprum, Praha
Na houby / For John Cage, Bludný kámen, Opava
4 + 4 Dny v pohybu – 17. festival současného umění, Casino, Praha
Homo Mathematicus, Galerie NTK, Praha
Ostrovy odporu. Mezi první a druhou moderností 1985–2012, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze

2011
12 bodů, Galerie 35m2, Praha
Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis, hommage à Ján Mančuška, Gallery Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, FR
VI. Nový zlínský salon, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně
Brno Art Open: Sculpture in the Street III, The Brno House of Arts
Casual, Formal, Playful, České centrum New York, USA

2010
Ekonomie nechtěných přátelství, Karlin Studios, Praha
4 + 4 Dny v pohybu – 15. festival současného umění, ÚLUV, Praha
Ears Like Loops, Zona sztuki aktualnej, Łódź, PL
On Altruism, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, DE
Fenomén hra, Galerie NTK, Praha
Horká linka, Galerie Václava Špály, Praha
Kašpar noci, Futura, Praha

2009
Prague Biennale 4, Bílý papír černá nevěsta / White Paper Black Bride, Karlin Hall, Praha / Prague
Intertext, Galéria Jána Koniarka / Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, SK

2008
Stály a čekaly, až se objeví (They Stood and Waited Until He Appeared), Galerie NoD, Praha / Prague
Současný český kubismus (Contemporary Czech Cubism), Staroměstská radnice, Galerie hlavního města Prahy
Die Gehilfen (The Aides), Galerie U bílého jednorožce / Gallery At the White Unicorn, Klatovy
Intro 518 teď 69 teď* teď 180 Bonus Q Track!, Karlin Studios, Praha / Prague
.txt, Galerie Šternberk / Šternberk Gallery, Šternberk
Obrazy slov (Reflecting the Words), Letohrádek Hvězda, Praha
VI. Bienále mladého umění Zvon / VI. Biennial of Young Artists Zvon, Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Galerie hlavního města Prahy / House at the Stone Bell, City Gallery, Prague
Bad Moon Rising Special, ISCP, New York, USA
České zdroje / Czech Sources, Pražský dům, Brusel / Prague House in Brussels, BE

2007
Indexy slasti (Indexes of Delight — festival M@narchia), CDCH, Moskva / Moscow, RU
Punctum, Galerie Futura, Praha / Prague
Hrubý domácí produkt (Gross Domestic Product), Městská knihovna, Galerie hlavního města Prahy / Municipal Library, City Gallery, Prague
Still — Another Exhibition of Painting, Galerie Futura, Praha
Neexistuju když mě nevidíš (I Don‘t Exist When You Don‘t See Me), Futura, Praha / Prague

2006
Frisbee, Dům pánů z Kunštátu / House of the Kunštát Lords, Brno
Sbírka Richarda Adama (Collection of R. Adam), Wannieck Gallery, Brno
Slepí muži přeměřují slona (Blind Men Measuring an Elephant), galerie c2c, Praha
Akné, Sbírka Richarda Adama / Acne, Collection of R. Adam, Galerie Rudolfinum, Praha / Prague
Pozval jsem pár přátel, aby se přišli podívat / I invited some friends to come and watch, Galerija Nova / Galerija M. Kraljevič, Zagreb, HR

2005
V. Bienále mladého umění Zvon / V. Biennial of Young Artists, Dům U Kamenného
Prague Biennale 2, Definice každodennosti / Definition of Everyday, Karlin Hall, Praha / Prague
Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého — finále 2005 / J. Chalupecký Award — Finalists 2005, Městská knihovna, Galerie hlavního města Prahy / Municipal Library, City Gallery, Prague
1811197604122005, Plan B, Cluj, RO

2004
Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity, Rockwell, Londýn / London, UK
Neutral, Motorenhalle, Drážďany / Dresden, DE

2003
Survey ,03, Futura, Praha / Prague
Československo (Czechoslovakia), Slovenské Slovenské národné múzeum / Slovak National Museum, Bratislava, SK
To the Letter, České centrum / Czech Centre, New York, USA
Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého — finále 2003 / J. Chalupecký Award — Finalists 2003, Futura, Praha
Perfect Tense / Malba dnes, Jízdárna Pražského hradu / Prague Castle

2002
Sláva kosmonautů zapadá prachem — skupina BJ (The Glory of the Cosmonauts Being Covered by Dust — BJ group show), Galerie Šternberk / Šternberk Gallery, Šternberk
Hédonistická abstrakce (Hedonistic Abstraction), Atrium Pražákova paláce, Moravská galerie v Brně / Pražák palace, Moravian Gallery, Brno
Fair (Glued Intimacy), projekt PAS / Project PAS, Royal College of Art, Londýn, UK
IV. Bienále mladého umění Zvon, Fórum nezávislých galerií / IV. Biennial of Young Artists Zvon 2002, Forum of Independent Galleries, Galerie hlavního města Prahy / City Gallery, Prague
Laboratoř současných tendencí / Laboratory of Contemporary Tendencies, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze / Trade-Fair Palace, National Gallery in Prague
Z Prahy (From Prague), La Chaufferie, Strasbourg, FR
D’un printemps l‘autre, Belfort, FR

2001
Sleva 20 % (20 % Sale), Dům umění České Budějovice, House of Art České Budějovice
Criss/Cross: Praha, Stuttgart, Wroclaw, projekt SCSU, Centrum Broumov, project FCCA, Centrum Broumov 
Laboratoř současných tendencí / Laboratory of Contemporary Tendencies, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze / Trade-Fair Palace, National Gallery in Prague
Art Moscow — skupina BJ (BJ group show), Dům umělců, Moskva / House of Artists, Moscow, RU

2000
Bezhlavý jezdec na vzestupu (BJ Rising), Galerie Jelení, Praha
Ženy přicházejí a odcházejí, jenom my spisovatelé sci-fi zůstáváme — skupina BJ (Women Come and Go; Only We Sci-Fi Writers Remain — BJ group show), Galerie 761, Ostrava
Collections
National Gallery in Prague; City Gallery Prague; The Olomouc Museum of Art; Wannieck Gallery, Brno; Galerie Klatovy — Klenová

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