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Jan Krtička

First Name
Jan
Surname
Krtička
Born
1979
Birth place
Olomouc
Place of work
Zittau, Německo, Ústí nad Labem
Website
www.jankrticka.com
Keywords
action art
conceptual art
installation art
land art
object
sound installation
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About artist

Jan Krtička mainly works with sculpture with distinct conceptual overtones. This is the outcome of his studies at the Faculty of Fine Art of the Technical University in Brno at the Sculpture Studio headed by Jan Ambrůz. Krtička initiates ephemerality and procedure by availing himself of the possibilities of intermedia art. However, the output media is not for him fundamental. He lays an emphasis on the concept and spatial layout. He regards his interventions in nature, which he often preresents simply in photographic documentation, primarily as sculptures. It is in this way that he plans them and understands the creative process. He is also aware of the dimension of action. He examined this sphere in his dissertation at the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Jan Evangelista in Ústí nad Labem. He focused on the theoretical and critical position of the work within the context of documentation. This was reflected in his own creative output by virtue of his orientation on the spoken word, which commented on the work and created a meta-discourse in the form of documentation. The narrative position of Krtička’s work is based on quality audio and a relationship with the space in which it is exhibited. This applies, for instance, to the audio installation Trip of 2011, when in collaboration with Jan Prošek he filled the exhibition space with voices from loudspeakers describing individual moments of a trip, and the project Narration from 2014 at the Karlin Studios in Prague, again in collaboration with Jan Prošek, in which the absent documentary photographs were replaced by sound. In these and other such works the artist leaves a space for the viewer’s own invention, who by means of sound becomes an active participant and imagines the visual form of the work. Krtička was also behind the book Documentation? along with Jan Prošek, the publication of which was part of his defence of his doctorate at FUD UJEP in Ústí nad Labem.

Krtička’s work takes landscape and the photographic documentation of his installations as its themes. Questions are asked regarding the authenticity of the artwork in the case of land art. He focuses on recording the installations, and this indicates his interest in the theme of becoming, an interest manifest in the transience of the materials he uses in his works. He uses and experiments both with natural products such as leaves, stones, ice, etc., and with artificial materials such as breeze blocks, plasterboard and glass. His installation Glass (2001) for instance is a subtle intervention in the natural environment that both reflects and transforms its surroundings.

Krtička’s work is very sensitive and internal. It is based on experience and internalisation by means of the artist’s presence in the landscape. His interventions often presuppose from the first moment of inspiration their own demise. It is this balancing on the edge of the rational creative approach and natural random chaos that lends an element of secrecy to his work. Krtička’s oeuvre could be characterised as a creative contribution to an already existing environment that is transformed sensitively and minimally by the artist. A certain form of minimalist and conceptual thinking also appears in objects intended to be exhibited in a gallery (e.g. the installation Veneer, 2014). Here we encounter another of the artist’s interests, namely institutional criticism (the installations White Cube, 2006, Clean Table, 2008, and John Cage: Lecture on Nothing, audio installation from 2012), an interest also apparent in his curatorial projects, e.g. Documentation, 2012 Gallery NF in Ústí nad Labem, and Starting Point, 2015, Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem.

Krtička’s work is characterised by a fascination with the visualisation of the process of movement and stillness, the natural order and chaos. We also find room in his work for planned coincidence. His work draws on the imprecision and multifariousness of nature combined with a simple concept.

Author of the annotation
Lenka Sýkorová

Published
2015

CV

studies:

2008–2014
Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista in Usti nad Labem, Visual Communications

2000–2006
Faculty of Fine Arts VUT Brno, Department of Sculpture of John Ambrůz

1997–2002
Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Education, Art Education

internships:

2004
Hungarian Academy of Craft and Design, Budapest, Hungary

2003
Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury, UK
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.
Ostrý zub

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2013
Buď připraven!, spolu s Janem Proškem, na Kalvárii, Ostré u Úštěku

2012
Jasný tvar, spolu s Janem Proškem, Galerie die Aktualität des Schönen..., Liberec

2011
Divná místnost, Galerie Horká, Olomouc

2011
Výlet, spolu s Janem Proškem, Komunikační prostor Školská 28, Praha

2010
Dokumentace, Galerie Cella, Opava

2009
Esterce, Galerie Jiřího Jílka, Šumperk

2006
Bush, Dům umění, Opava
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2015
Joh Cage/Přednáška o ničem v interpretaci souboru Ostrý zub, Plato, Ostrava

2015
NOS, spolu s Janem Proškem, Malá galerie, Ústí nad Labem

2015
Ze středu ven-umění regionů, Kunsthalle/Hala umenia, Košice

2015
AKCE_REAKCE, Galerie ARTATAK, Praha

2014
Vyprávění, spolu s Janem Proškem, Karlin Studios, Praha

2014
Jak se volá do lesa?, INI Gallery, Praha

2014
Kukačka, Ostrava

2014
Meeting jiného kontextu, Art Gallery Kupa, Opava

2014
Cesta, Meetfactory, Praha

2014
Ze středu ven-umění regionů 1985-2010, Západočeská galerie v Plzni, Plzeň

2014
Na počátku bylo ticho, Galerie města Plzně, Plzen

2014
Alotrium (Expanded performance), Galerie U Dobrého pastýře, Brno

2013
Umění z místa/Na Nekázance Kalvárie, Nekázanka 18, Praha

2013
16-20000 Hz, Meetfactory, Praha

2012
Na houby / For John Cage, Gottfrei, Bludný kámen, Opava

2012
Zpřítomnění VII, Bienále Dolní Kounice 2012, Dolní Kounice

2012
OBJEKTiVnĚ, Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem

2010
Transfer of Location, Gum Studio, Carrara, IT

2010
Zpřítomnění VI, Bienále Dolní Kounice 2010, Dolní Kounice

2009
V. Zlínský salon mladých. KGVU, Zlín

2009
Imitace míst, UffArt!, Dům umění města Brna, Brno

2009
Dokumentace?, Galerie Sýpka , Valašské Meziříčí

2009
Silo, 5. bienále Industriální stopy, Zlín

2008
ARTSAFARI 16, sochařské studio Bubec, Praha

2008
Velké prádlo, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

2007
Mladé sovy, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

2007
Kiruna Snow Festival, Kiruna, SE

2007
Místa, prostory , mezery, Dům umění, Opava

2006
Brno - naše Praha, Fakulta architektury VUT, Brno

2006
The &, FaVU VUT Brno

2006
Beton, hrad Špilberk, Brno

2006
IV. Zlínský salón mladých, KGVU Zlín

2006
ART & POND, Kosmoukovský rybník Klenové

2005
Jihlava in Heidenheim (projekty), Brána Matky Boží, Jihlava

2006
Pučení, Zbrojovka, Brno

2004
PlomaART, Dům umění, Opava

2004
PlomaRaut, zámek Čejkovice

2004
EUROPA, Neues Museum, Weimar, D

2003
NEJMLADŠÍ, Národní galerie, Praha

2002
Šarovy II, Letohrádek Mitrovských, Brno

2002
Šarovy II, Galerie Výpad, Pdf UP, Olomouc

2002
YTONGem, rektorát VUT, Brno

2001
Šarovy I, Letohrádek Mitrovských, Brno
Other realisations

Kurátorsko-autorská činnost

2015
Výchozí pozice, Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem

2014
Vyprávění, Karlin Studios, Praha

2012
Dokumentace, Galerie NF, Ústí nad Labem

 

Publikační činnost

KRTIČKA, Jan (ed.) a Jan PROŠEK (ed.). Dokumentace umění. Ústí nad Labem: Fakulta umění a designu Univerzity Jana Evangelisty Purkyně, 2013. ISBN 978-80-7414-632-9.

 

KRTIČKA, Jan. Dokumentace?. In Josef Vydra (1884 - 1959) v kontextu umělecké a výtvarně pedagogické avantgardy 20. století, historie a současnost univerzitního výtvarného vzdělávání v Olomouci. Olomouc: UP Olomouc, 2010. s. 181 – 182. ISBN 978-80-244-2586-3.

 

KRTIČKA, Jan. Dokumentace umění jako mystifikace. In AD AKTA 1: Dějiny umění v rozšířeném poli. Praha: VŠUP, 2011. s. 154 – 160. ISBN 978-80-86863-98-6.

 

JEDLIČKA, David a Jan KRTIČKA. Kresba, malba, graffiti: Poznámky k aktuální situaci. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2012, ISBN 978-80-244-3225-0.

Monography

Monography

Zmínky v katalozích a publikacích


Nejmladší, Národní galerie v Praze, 2003

PlomaART, Dům umění Opava, 2004

The &, FaVU VUT Brno, 2006

IV. Zlínský salón mladých, KGVU Zlín, 2006

Beton, FaVU VUT Brno, 2006

Mladé sovy, Galerie Caesar Olomouc, 2007

ROCCA, Alessandro. Natural Architecture. Milano: 22 Publishing, 2006. ISBN 88-95185-01-3

Mladé sovy, Galerie Caesar Olomouc, 2007

Art&Pond, Galerie Klatovy - Klenová, Uff!Art o. s., 2008

Místa, prostory, mezery, Dům umění v Opavě, Uff!Art o. s., 2008

Velké prádlo, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc, 2008

V. Zlínský salon mladých, KGVU, Zlín, 2009

Gum studio, Gum studio, Carrara, June 2010

16 – 20000 Hz, 2013

HRUŠKOVÁ, Adéla (ed.). Objekt zájmu. Ústí nad Labem: Fakulta umění a designu Univerzity Jana Evangelisty Purkyně, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7414-547-6

Articles

Zikmundová Dana, Hlasy probouzející naši imaginaci, Artalk, 12.1. 2015

http://www.artalk.cz/2015/01/12/hlasy-probouzejici-nasi-imaginaci/

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