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Jiří Franta

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Up till now Jiří Franta’s work has been dominated by a multifaceted use of the medium of drawing. His artistic thinking is derived from both an individual approach and activities within a collective as a member of the Rafani group or as part of the David Bohm–Jiří Franta art duo.

Franta is a tireless draughtsman, though does not restrict himself to this medium. He is also known for his paintings, objects and sculptures. Whatever medium he works with Franta is concerned with what for him are taboo worlds, mediality, power, comics, the mass character or mediality of the image, as well as art itself (e.g. picturesque and pedantic canons, etc.). An often sarcastic imperative contributes to breaking a certain overly determined visual reality. Franta becomes a maniacal draughtsman proportionately to the pomposity of an everyday life crammed with images. A drawing is created with a great deal of exaggeration, hyperbole of form, and the mutual elimination or substitution of criteria so as to intensify the problem that Franta is resolving, glorifying poignantly or openly ridiculing.

Along with the artist David Bohm, Franta has examined the very medium of drawing in several joint projects, whether this involved the installation of a set of video recordings for the Jindřich Chaloupecký Award or an exhibition at the Karlín Studios. The result of the impression of a drawing is the output of the preceding process of its creation by completely non-classical means (e.g. the screaming tyres of racing bikes, the leaves of trees rustling in the breeze, the digger of an excavator with a reinforced brush between its teeth, drawing on the wall with the aid of an excavator operator, a tightrope walker balancing with a long pole at the end of which there is a reinforced brush, etc. – everything always placed on the front of white canvas).

A drawing is a trace, a gesture made by its intermediary. In this case Jiří Franta and David Bohm are the initiators of a process that is intended to evoke an abstract and ephemeral medium of the line through eloquent symbols that are dragged with their meanings from the romanticising notes of a drawn landscape, via the racket and clumsiness of a drawing of an excavator, to the vain lines of the burned rubber of motorbike tyres. The visibility or, on the contrary, the blurredness of the drawing or mottos of self-reflection (which was another joint intervention within the framework of the nomination for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award) is repeated in various variations and freely transformed via formal shifts and the selection of semantic agents.

Jiří Franta does not obstinately cling to emphasising his own artistic individuality (even though this is undoubtedly present). This is clear from his approach to cooperation and the intensification of the effect of artistic thinking on the basis of the synthesis of joint energy. Another example was the exhibition Worry of the White Man at the Critics’ Gallery, which he literally constructed with Luděk Rathouský. Franta placed these transformed sculptures – originally classical plaster casts of the canon of the human head – into a cramped space half stuffed with cardboard boxes. His manipulation was radically constructed on a dazzling of the material of the model, its surface pomposity, the materialisation of the stiff heads into apparently “blooming” forms (use of real aubergines, pins, etc.). He drew on the same exaggeration in his sculptures as he had in many of his drawings, and treated them uncompromisingly.

In his pictures, too, he comments on the medium itself. He uses both barely legible mottos or statements and the language of the aesthetic principles of painting, which he embeds as an integral part of both form and content. He creates pictures with a critical visual reference to comic books, i.e. to their narrative or framed fragmentariness, the awkward and tight emptiness of the “bubbles”, or simply the compositionally mass visuality of Disney animations. The result often involves moralistic arabesques, which, however, do not poke the eye with raised fingers, but with a visual recoil of concealed transgressions or degradation. The genesis of their decay in the artist’s approach.

Franta’s work, whether individual or team based, basically represents a circling around certain thematic spheres that is filtered via the critical and tireless presence of painting, the advantage of which is the immediate possibility of transferring an idea.

Social shortcomings and incongruities, their absurdity and seriousness, are re-evaluated by the artist. Tabloid jargon, both visual and textual, is drowned in a mechanical transcription and redrawing or in critical satire. The unleashing of artistic energy – a clear opinion and subsequent act – is played out in free movement and the treatment of possible approaches. However, these are usually the result of rational considerations and mental evaluations.


Radim Langer

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Radim Langer



2001-2007 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Antonín Střížek and Vladimír Skrepl

since 2004 director of the Etc Gallery (www.etcgalerie.cz) in collaboration with Jiří Skála

2009,2010,2012 - finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award
Member of art groups included in ARTLIST.


Solo exhibitions
Pohled na zem -Skoro nic neni úplně společně s Davidem Böhmem /kostel sv.Antonína Paduánského,Sokolov

Včera bylo pozdě /Galerie klub Final /Praha Skoro nic není úplně společně s Davidem Böhmem -Karlín studios ,Praha Vedlejší efekt spolu s Davidem Böhmem /galerie UMPRUM/Praha David Böhm: skutečná představa Jiří Franta: nevzpomínat na budoucnost / Výstavní sín Sokolská 26 Ostrava
Vedlejší efek-t společně s Davidem Böhmem/ galerie Cella /Opava

Co byste řekli,kdyby jste mohli.společně s Davidem Böhmem/ galerie fresh air Plzen bez názvu, bez názvu společně s Jiřím Frantou / café Jednorožec, Klatovy 58 let společně s Davidem Böhmem galerie DOX finalisté ceny Jindřicha CHalupeckého
Z ničeho nic společně s Davidem Böhmem / galerie G99 Brno Nechci zůstat sám /galerie Dole/ Ostrava

Možností je mnoho důvodů je málo společně s Davidem Böhmem / galerie Půda Jihlava Call all artist / Berlín snadná danost spolu s Davidem Böhmem / galerie rakouského kulturního fóra v Praze + spolu s Davidem Böhmem / prostor bývalé benzínové pumpy ve Slaném vezán spolu s Davidem Böhmem / galerie 35M2 praha 2007
doslov spolu s Davidem Böhmem / galerie nábřeží Praha
Ještě nejdu spát/ galerie MLADÝCH /Brno 2006
KRESBY www.galerieholec.cz
není to to, co by to mohlo být spolu s Davidem Böhmem / galerie NOD Praha Výstava bez názvu spolu s Davidem Böhmem / okno galerie NOD Praha rozšíření bitevního pole /galerie Escort / Brno

24 /gallerie Preproduction space/ Berlín zdroj /galerie a.m. 180 /Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Nau gallerie/galerie ABF/Praha ELmar por elque todos navagamos /Circulo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife /Španělsko From different corners /Galerie Artversum,Düsseldorf /Německo Moře kterým plujeme /Chodovská tvrz / Praha Náčrtník /Etc galerie /Praha NY /Prague 6Czech center New York /US

4+4 dny v pohybu festival /Praha Bienále mladých umělců /Stribrei Palace Bukurešt,Rumunsko Akce ZET/galerie EMILA FILLY/ Ústí nad Labem

Po sametu / Galerie hlavního města Prahy Společně s Davidem Böhmem v rámci D.I.V.O.Institutu/Subvision kunst festival Hamburg,Německo Jak to bylo s Kainem a Ábelem/ galerie kritiků/Praha
Subvision.kunst.festival.off / Hamburg 2008 Český kubismus /galeie Ghmp/Staroměstská radnice Vylepšený model kulhavý efekt /galerie Nod/Praha
Intercity Berlin Praha 05 grafika - kresba / Berlín intro 518 teď 69 teď * teď 180 bonus q track! / Karlin studio Praha artprague festival / Praha
dočasný důkaz / kurátor Jiri Ptacek / pavilón E flóra Olomouc
ctihodná periferie / kurátor Jiri Ptacek / galerie Slávie Nachod

czech point /galerie c2c / Praha Hrubý domácí produkt 2 / galerie Mars Moskva Office art /galerie c2c /Praha Současné české umění /galerie Kressling/Bratislava Intercity Berlin Praha 05 grafika - kresba / Mánes Praha art in box / Budapešť Maďarsko neustálá potreba / galerie stanica, Žilina Slovensko Hrubý domácí produkt / galerie hlavního města Prahy

Sell me buy me / galerie u dobrého pastýře Brno
Proces / hala č 40 holešovická tržnice Praha
Shadows of humor / galerie Bielska BWA, Bialsko Biala Polsko
konec školního roku / galerie NOD Prague
výstava komiksů / gallery NOD Prague Reklama /galerie AVU/ Praha

že je to opravdu strašné, ale ještě horší / galerie AVU Praha
hudební bonus / galerie Šternberk

velký bazar / la fabrika Praha




Po sametu GHMP / Praha 2009 cena jindřicha chalupeckého finále 09 / Praha 2009 Praha 2007

Subvision kunst festival Hamburg / Hamburg 2009

ga2lerie, příloha týdeníku A2 / Praha 2007 intercity Berlin Praha / Praha 2007

není to to co by to mohlo být / text Tomáš Pospiszyl / Praha 2006


Jiří Ševčík, Sandná danost Ateliér 8/2008

Lenka Lindaurová, talent www.artservis.info 10/2007

Josef Vomáčka, Ve dvou se to lépe táhne - rozhovor Time in 11/2007

Jan Zálešák V rychlosti je krása, Ateliér 19/2007

Petr Vaňous, Anketa - malující umělci A2 30/2007

Petr Vaňous, galerie A2 12/2007

Karel Císař - projekt pro Labyrint Revue 19-20 2006

Tomáš Pospiszyl Jiří Franta a David Böhm: Není to to co by to mohlo být TÝDEN 36/2006

Edith Jeřábková, Na okraj jednoho experimentu A2 37/2006

Kateřina Tučková Literární Noviny 38/2006 Umělěc Jiří Ptáček 2/2003 Fotograf Pod maskou je největší tma Jiří Ptáček 7/2006



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