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Matyáš Chochola

First Name
Matyáš
Surname
Chochola
Born
1986
Birth place
Hradec Králové
Place of work
Praha
Website
http://www.matyaschochola.cz/
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About artist

Chochola’s work to date could be characterised on a timeline of some ten years. Any description of his work up till now should not fall into the trap of anticipating its continued development.

Short shamanic soirées had their power. A strong ego is partly a necessity for a sensitive dancer who has discerned the absence of spirituality in the modern world, serving as a driver by means of the energy returned by an enchanted public. He changed clothes and began at least momentarily to extinguish the need of technocratic society hungry for the spark of unbridled life. However, the consequence of his movement was the refocus of his energies. Recently this has meant objects in which he combines traditional craftsmanship with a post-internet aesthetic and traces of the 1990s. It is impossible to predict what direction thing will head in.

One of the first projects in which Chochola began to communicate with the public was Houmlesprojekt (2007). This was a spontaneous reaction to Sculpture Grande, an artificial sculpture symposium on Wenceslas Square. Along with some homeless people he created sculptures from garbage and linked them to the symposium. The photo-documentation of this subversive event was exhibited at the Makráč Gallery at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

Finally, he appeared in galleries, the emergence of which is retrospectively perceived as a manifestation of the wave of institutional criticism, albeit sometimes indirectly. These spaces included Jelení, Benzinka, Galerie m.odla, galerie sam83, Altán Klamovka, Trafačka, etc. He also established his own temporary gallery. While studying in Brno he was curator at the Potraviny Gallery (2008–2010) in the window of a traditional store.

An examination of his work reveals that object and performance are the two main forms by which he communicates his themes. Chochola conceives of the object as a specific visuality saturated by a symbolic and expressively self-ironic charge. He extracts objects from their customary contexts and places them within new compositions. What is important for Chochola is the integrity of the installation as a glaze in the form of a personal integrity that confirms the “work”. Equally important is the complete occupancy of space.

Performance is combined with social interaction in the form of an awakening of the senses of a somnolent audience. It has an initiatory atmosphere and the ability at any given moment to create a highly chimerical, temporarily autonomous zone. Easygoing tendencies and a certain formal lightness determine its positive relationship with a wide range of items with which Chochola operates.

From an early age Chochola has unconsciously hewn to the principles of contemporary art as set forth by Bourriaud, be this in the form of the altermodern, relationship aesthetics or postproduction.

Author of the annotation
Denisa Bytelová

Published
2016

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studies:
2008–2014
Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, studio of Vladimír Skrepl and Jiří Kovanda

2013
Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, klasse Thomas Zipp, (D)

2012
scholarship at temporary studio of Florian Pulmhösl (A)
scholarship at Studio of Glass of Rony Plesl at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

2010
scholarship at temporary studio of Group Gelitin (A)

2009
scholarship at temporary studio of Zbigniew Libera (PL)

2005–2007
Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno, school of figurative sculptur

awards:
2016
Winner of Jindřich Chalupecký Award

2012
Václav Chad Award /VI. Zlín Youth Salon/

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015
ASTRAL DUST ASTRAL, Grimmuseum, Berlin
MMXV, SVIT gallery, Prague (together with Kirstine Ropestorff)
Pleasantry Pleasantry, Gallery at the Good Shepherd, Brno (together with Ladislav Vondrák)
Telepresence of a Gasoline Warlock of the Digital Era and his Green-Brown Gown-Clad Marten in the Temple of Heavens During Late New Moon, GAVU Cheb
(together with Lumír Hladík)
Laugh Ha Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha, Happy Throaty Laugh, Regional Gallery of Art Zlín

2014
The Song of Birds of Prey, Fotograf Festival 2014
Bye Bye Dragonfly, Kostka gallery (Meet Factory), Praha
All Beings That Are Constantly Laughing to Us, 207 gallery of VŠUP, Prague

2013
180 on the Speedometer of Emotional Intelligence, Ferdinand Baumann gallery, Prague

2012
Imagery Preceeding the Fight (in collaboration with Barbora Kleinhamplová), Prádelna Bohnice, Praha
Atavism, Coat of Arms, Drapery and Tutanchamon, Barefoot Mánes gallery, České Budějovice
The Exhibition, A.M. 180 gallery, Praha

2011
Kindly Familiar (in collaboration with Daniel Vlček), Trafačka gallery, Praha
Wandering Travels, Fotograf gallery, Praha

2010
Inevitable Encounter with a Master Chip, Bjornsonova 2, Bratislava (SK)
Direction of Vortex – Smell of Smell, Altán Klamovka, Praha
Equestrian Statue of a God, Sam83 gallery, Česká Bříza
Conquest of Paradise (in collaboration with Barbora Kleinhamplová)
Galerie Mladých, BKC, Brno

2009
Type of a Style (in collaboration with Barbora Kleinhamplová)
Anne Frank Memorial gallery, café Spolek, Brno
Heartbreaker, M.odla gallery, Praha
Went Two and Middle One Had Backslid, Ve Sklepě gallery, Praha
Daily Life, Benzinka gallery, Slaný

2008
Exhibition Humhala, Jelení gallery, Praha
Christmaschrision!, Potraviny gallery, Brno

2007
Houmlesprojekt, Makráč gallery, ÚMCHČR, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2016
Ultra Violet Ritual, Manifesta 11
collaboration with Azem Maksutaj, multiple Thai boxing world champion, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
Hidden Language of Flowers, Kinsky Palace, National Gallery, Prague
MAGNETIC LEAKAGE FLUXES, The House of Arts, Brno

2014
Plato's Third Eye, Meet Factory, Praha
Wondering Paths, Syntax, Lisboa, Portugal
Crystalization, City Gallery Blansko
Urban Pangea People, Karlin Studios, Praha
About the Chair, BIP Liége, Belgium

2013
Endoambivalent Christmas, Kwadrat Gallery, Berlin (DE)
HOTEL INTERNATIONAL, Cologne (DE)
Senseless Crisis, Luxfer gallery - AZ Tower, Brno
Metaphysik der Disciplin, Czech Centre Berlin (DE)
FLOW, Prague Bienale 6
Hi5, House of Arts, Brno

2012
World Domination, GUM Studio, Torino, Italy
VI. Zlín Youth Salon
The International Bongo-Bongo Brigade: The Hair in the Prophetic-Cannibal Soup of Dr. Emil Holub, NTK Gallery, Praha

2011
Pseudo Science, NTK Gallery, Prague
Finally Together, Emil Filla gallery, Ústí nad Labem
Mikulov Art Sympozium, Mikulov
Art Has No History, Karlin Studios, Praha
Pleso, The Mountain Lake, Meet Factory, Praha
Behind the Spines of the Books I Have Not Read, Hvězda Summer Pavillion, Praha

2010
Collected Reflections (Sebrané úvahy), Entrance gallery, Praha
Kas ir čehu máksla ? Il Guciems, Riga (LV)
Bez názvu /Sans Titre/ galerie 35, French institute Prague
Other realisations

curatorial activities.

 

2014
Questionmarks in Blurred Grid

curatorial cooperation with Alexandr Puškin, Czech Centre berlin (DE)

 

2013
Metaphysik der Disciplin

curatorial cooperation with Karina Kottova and Alexandr Puškin, Czech Centre Berlin (DE)

Breath of Tradition, Jelení Gallery, Prague

 

2011
Happiness – Asian Cruelty, Festival 4/4 Days in Motion, Prague

 

2008–2010
curatorial project Grocery Gallery, Brno

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