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Ondřej Basjuk

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Ondřej Basjuk is one of the young generation of artists working with the multilayered, diverse legacy of painting with respect and without shame. It is clear from his paintings, drawings, objects and installations that this is not only about defining himself in relation to older artists or launching an attack on the cultural heritage. And yet there is a strategy of alienation, destruction, decomposition, demolition and the refashioning of what we call the picture. For Basjuk, immediate entry into the problem of refashioning or deconstruction of the image resides in a shift in the centre of gravity of thinking itself, which actively reacts to different types of manipulation both inside and outside art. It is the reactions to these stimuli, which are not only artistic, that participate in the transformation of the morphology and overall concept of the image.

Basjuk was very influenced first by his studies of graphic book culture and later of drawings and graphic design at the studio headed by Vladimír Kokolia at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU). The knowledge of creative laws that he acquired during his studies formed the foundation of what became a vigorous artistic opinion. The free mastery of drawing allowed Basjuk to follow a path we could call “thinking by image”, without the aid of what these days are the customary explanatory tools. The principle of his imagination is allegorical, yet the form speaks clearly and compellingly. The artist boldly sketches out his critical visions, smashes the visual canon, unmasks conventions, and expands into space with the aim of ridiculing different types of aesthetic and social hypocrisy. He is unafraid to be inspired by pulp magazines, the renaissance, Zdeněk Burian, military border guards or the art of the Far East. Motifs including Plato’s cave, holes and cracks function as interstices in the matrix through which we can perceive a different world to that which we live in, both better and worse. The world in the centre of intangible data that overlays everything is destroyed like a space of consciousness and with it the role of man and his abilities and possibilities alienated. Basjuk reacts critically to this situation.

The realm in which the artist most frequently “operates” is a kind of mythical past blending into the present, or perhaps their hybrid obverse. The framework for seemingly liberating processes and activities such as scientific discoveries, crossing the boundaries of knowledge, tales of derring-do, religious ecstasy, maniacal collecting or simply out-of-town rambles is construed here as a caustically ironic theatre full of chic, artistic and also cruel performances. The space is peopled by comedians, mannequins, enthusiasts and fools balancing over a precipitous gorge. However, nobody gives up on their goal. History here is nothing other than a form of strange narration that deliberately reveals or conceals a deeper reality. What is important is that Basjuk’s expressive experiments form part of the retelling of the past, and these turn even painting itself inside out. The metaphorical inversion of the painterly language, along with the deconstruction and often the destruction of the image analogically corresponds to the perceived destabilisation of social values. While the paintings are often dirty, viewing them strives for maximum purity.

Author of the annotation
Petr Vaňous




AVU, Grafika 2 (at. Prof. Vladimír Kokolia) / Graphics 2 at. Prof. akad. mal. Vladimir Kokolia Academy of Fine art
Mediální a didaktická ilustrace Plzeň UUD / Media and didactic illustrations Pilsen UUD
Design knižní kultury Plzeň UUD / Design Book Culture Plzeň UUD

Awards, scholarships:

2nd place 6. Price of Criticism for Young Painters
Studio award AVU
Studio award AVU
Scholarship AVU


Solo exhibitions
Praha, Galerie KIN Jídelna, Ondřej Basjuk, samostatná výstava
Praha, Galerie Jelení, Podprahově (s Vladimírem Kokoliou)
Praha, Entrance Gallery, Princip ŠAO (se Šárkou Koudelovou)
Domažlice, Galerie Dorka, Muž z Itálie, samostatná výstava
Brno, Fait Gallery, Kultovní výstava, samostatná výstava

Říčany, Galerie Kotelna, Fanatique, společná výstava
Praha, Palác Adria, Zadní strana pobřežní vysočiny, laureátská výstava Ceny kritiky
Praha, Nau Gallery, Magnet 7/69, samostatná výstava
Praha, Nau Gallery, Kresba, společná výstava
Praha, Galerie Artatak, Camera Efferta (se Šárkou Koudelovou)

Praha, Galerie 35m2, 9,2227m2, samostatná výstava
Brno, OFF/Formát galerie, Explorerista, samostatná výstava

Praha, Kavárna Vesmírna, samostatná výstava
Praha, Kavárna V sedmém nebi, samostatná výstava
Hrad Rýzmberg, výstava grafik, samostatná výstava

Praha, Galerie AVU, výstava autoportrétů I.D.E.G.O.
Praha, 3+1 (společně s Marií Ladrovou)

Praha červenec Divadlo na prádle, obrazy - samostatná výstava

Plzeň, „Ondřejovské obrziky", výstavní síň Českého rozhlasu Plzeň - samostatná výstava
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Ústí nad Labem, Galerie Rampa, Nemusí to být žert, skupinová výstava
Brno, Fait Gallery, Před pikolou za pikolou/ VÝBĚR ZE SBÍRKY FAIT GALLERY, skupinová výstava

Šťáhlavy, Jízdárna Zámku Kozel, Šťáhlavy – Šťáhlavice, Život, krajina, lidé, společná
Praha, Galerie Kritiků, 6. ročník Ceny kritiky za mladou malbu
Praha, Citadela, Česká grafika posledních dvou dekád, společná výstava

Rio de Janeiro, Koncetrát VII., společná výstava
Praha, Veletržní Palác Národní Galerie, Diplomanti AVU, společná výstava
Praha, Prádelna Bohnice, společná výstava
Budapešť, Graphics Open 2012, společná výstava
Brandýs nad Labem, Galerie Crux, Koncentrát VII., společná výstava

Tišnov, Jamborův dům, Ateliérová výstava
Praha Galerie The Chemistry, Koncentrát VI., společná výstava
Plzeň, ART BUFFÉ, společná výstava
Domažlice, Pianko club, samostatná výstava
Brandýs nad Labem Galerie Crux, Koncentrát VI., společná výstava

Domažlice, Kulturovar, společná výstava
Brno, FAVU, atelierová výstava

Praha, Galerie Dolmen, soutěžní výstava
Praha Veletrh Biostyl, Trojmezí (společně se Zdeňkem Daňkem a Filipem Kudrnáčem)
GAVU Praha, Už to není, co bývalo..., společná výstava
Alšova jihočeská galerie, Mémy GR2, ateliérová výstava

Praha, Obchodní centrum Chodov, soutěžní výstava Loreal, první místo
Hrad Švihov, společná výstava Plus minus jedenáct
Valašské Meziříčí, Galerie Sýpka, „SKANDÁL“, společná výstava Ateliéru G2

Praha květen „Seat Arte Emocion“' soutěžní výstava
Brno červen „Seat Arte Emocion“ soutěžní výstava

Šternberk Grafika 2, druhá grafika ateliérová výstava avu




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