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Pavel Ryška

First Name
Pavel
Surname
Ryška
Born
1974
Birth place
Třebíč
Place of work
Prague
Website
http://www.ryska.org
Keywords
digital image
land art
object
performance
public art
video
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About artist

Belongs to the Brno circle of artists, even if he originally hails from Třebíč, where in the mid-1990s, just prior to his studies at the School of Creative Arts (FaVU), he created his first works. It was a series of armchairs in the open landscape; for example, the Whitewashed Aluminium Chair / Hliněné křeslo obílené vápnem (1994). The whitewash dissolved in the autumn rain. Or he also made the Woven Willow Chair / Křeslo z vrbového proutí (1996). This one took root in the wetlands just beyond the village of Šašovice, where the artist lived at the time. Ryška’s early works are typified by a mystical intervention in the surrounding environment joined with events and by their metamorphosis as part of a precise concept. In 1997 he paraphrased „life-saving“ activities, when as part of the Weeds /Plevel project he marked dozens of Cow Parsnip plants with grandiose tags featuring the text „Plants Hunted by the State.“ Thereafter he manufactured, based on the standard model for seed bags used by the company, SEMO, further sacks for the aggressive weed variety, Cow Parsnip. He smuggled these bags of seed into garden supply stores. In his subsequent project Easter Eggs (Happy Easter)/Kraslice (Veselé velikonoce)- (1996) he comically touched upon a sensitive social topic. He transformed poppy heads in that on each one, using industrial latex, he drew fake traces of running, raw opium juice. In further projects in nature, such as Deer-stand – Public Library / Posed – Veřejná knihovna (1997), he used a number of dear-stands around the village of Šašovice to change the area into a comfortable reading room. These were a suggestive probe into real life and the world of art.

 

At the end of the 1990s Ryška began to work with computers. Digitally-manipulated images began to emerge along with installations like GOTTA CATCH ‘EM All (2002) or Death Valley (2003). This shift from events and interventions into his surroundings to computer comic visuals gives the impression of a fundamental watershed in Ryška’s creative works. The artist begins to create virtual, often animated, stories, which continue however to maintain a conceptual approach typical for Ryška, subversive humour. This appears as well in his next series, Thoughts of Modern Painters / Myšlenky moderních malířů (2004). In this cycle he addresses the history of modernism in a novel way so that he could parody fundamental artistic works of the 20th century. His short, animated film, Ursonáta (2004) plays a little with the legacy of Dadaism. Despite their limited conceptualism and wild post-modern mix of high and low (art), even these Ryška works have their own irreplaceable poetic visuality.

Author of the annotation
Pavlína Morganová

Published
2005

CV

Studies:
1998-2004 Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, Brno
(Peter Rónai, Petr Kvíčala)

Stipends:
2005 doktorský studijní program FAMU (Centrum audiovizuálních studií), Praha
2001 Magyar Iparmüveszeti Föiskola, Budapešť, Maďarsko (ateliér grafického designu)

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2006
Pavel Ryška, Galerie Eskort, Brno
www.ryska.org, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, p. o., Zlín

2005
Pavel Ryška: Prasonáta budoucnosti, etc. galerie, Praha 4

2004
Záhada čínského pokoje. Moravská galerie Brno, Pražákův palác

2002
Gotta catch ´em all. Galerie Jelení Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2012
Začátek století / The Beginning of the Century, Dům umění, Ostrava
Začátek století / The Beginning of the Century, Výstavní síň Masné krámy, Plzeň

2008
Dočasný důkaz, Výstaviště Flora, pavilon E, Olomouc

2007
Cooking Art aneb Smažíme umění, Galerie kritiků, Praha
Amaro Jilo / Naše srdce, Dům umění města Brna, Brno

2006
FRISBEE - Současný český videoart a nová média / Contemporary Czech Videoart and New Media, Výstavní síň Sokolská 26, Ostrava
Jan Nálevka & Pavel Ryška: Kontrolovaná emigrace, Galerie 36, Olomouc
Shadows of Humor: Przykra sprawa CzeSka wystawa, Galeria Awangarda, Wrocław
FRISBEE - Současný český videoart a nová média / Contemporary Czech Videoart and New Media, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, 1. patro, Brno

2005
Fotografie ze sb. dr. Rudolfa Weisse, Ateliér Josefa Sudka, Praha
Druhý dotek, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, 1. patro, Brno
Insiders: Nenápadná generace druhé poloviny 90. let / The Unobtrusive Generation of the Late 1990s, Centrum pro současné umění FUTURA, Praha 5

2004
Start Point Prize CZ 2004, Sýpka Klenová, Klenová

2003
Nejmladší / The youngest: Přehlídka výtvarného umění nejmladší generace z let 1995 - 2003 (Exhibition of the youngest Generation Art from 1995 - 2003), Veletržní palác, Praha

2000
Sýpka 2000. Posluchači vysokých uměleckých škol, Galerie Sýpka-Vlkov, Osová Bítýška

1999
A.D.S. Brno, Galerie Doubner, Praha
Animal Art či ZOO-Kunst - Práce pro místo, Galerie Sýpka-Vlkov, Osová Bítýška
Collections
KGVU Zlín
Národní Galerie v Praze
Galerie Klatovy - Klenová

Monography

Articles

2005

Jiří Ptáček: Fotografie ze sbírky Dr. Weisse

 

2003

Jiří Ptáček: Hvězda a brána šedého hradu: Velký Participant, Umělec 2/2003

 

2004

Horké místo a osud na okraji. Mezinárodní projekt v Brně, Art & Antiques, 4/2004

Tomáš Pospiszyl: Prasonáta budoucnosti, Záhada čínského pokoje (katalog), Mor. Galerie Brno

Marek Pokorný: Vrakoviště, Je slovní fotbal na všechny slabiky karaoke? (katalog)

Jiří Ptáček: Čínský čaj si dáváme o páté, Záhada čínského pokoje (katalog), MG Brno

Pavlína Morganová: Insiders (katalog), Dům umění Brno

Klára Kubíčková: Houbaři do galerie nechodí, interview P.R., Praesens 4/2004

Petr Ingerle: Záhada čínského pokoje

Jiří Maška: Záhada čínského pokoje

 

2002

Jiří Ptáček: Prolhaný Pokémon, Ateliér 6/2002

 

2000

František Kowolowski: Pavel Ryška, II. ZSM (katalog), Zlín

 

1999

Pavlína Morganová: Akční umění, Votobia, Olomouc

Photo

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