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Lenka Vítková

First Name
Lenka
Surname
Vítková
Born
1975
Birth place
Český Krumlov
Place of work
Prague
Website
www.lenkavitkova.cz
Keywords
conceptual art
painting
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About artist

“A bad example of the use of gravitation – hanged great grandma.” (LV, 2010)

 

Lenka Vítková is an artist who follows up on the stream of conceptual and post-conceptual ar,t which was opened up in the Czech environment by Jiří Valoch. In spite of her reductive approach to fabric, we can track down the omnipresent lyricism in her work. Her texts, as well as paintings are fragmentary. For the external order she maintains picturesqueness in her paintings and texts, but at the same time fills them with subversiveness. Everything develops in The Refrain (exhibition Refrain, Gallery Svit, 2014). In her existing painting development she has gone from expression, through reductive formalism, to quite performance during painting that she does not record. Text, photography, installation or song are equal media in her work.

Recurring elements in her work include a small branch (little shrub, globural or circular objects (little planet, balloon, ball lightning, hoop) and figure. Already at the time she entered the local art scene, she sensed that individualism is outdated, and she started to choose various forms of cooperation for her exhibitions.

The multilevel effect of her paintings is supported by the ambiguity of Pansies (2005) which, viewed from different distances, turn into skulls. For this series of paintings she found the space – small pavilion 3 x 10 m – at the Olomouc exhibition grounds Flora, which she started to manage as a curator following her exhibition. Until the year 2010 she organized a number of exhibitions for her art colleagues in “36”. During the last year she cooperated with Blanka Švédová on the preparation of the program.

Another series of painting of various black dresses, exhibited at NoD in the exhibition They Stood and Waited for Them to Show Up (2008) covers her with an inversion. By way of a missing figure she gives a vivid picture of corporeality, which is characteristic for her. She came close to another form of distance corporeality in her collective work with Tereza Velíková, where they examined the walking and movement of man in space (Walking, Notes to Walking, two collateral exhibitions, Jelení, Karlin Studios, 2011). Related to walking are also her paintings of walking on all fours from the year 2014. Simultaneously by multiplying one element – a black dress – with minor variations where individual paintings blend into a whole of a barcode she refers to working with text.

She introduced text without paintings in the Gallery Pavilon one year later at the exhibition titled And She Said:. One of the three exhibits displayed was an audio-text video title Dream Book (3 min 51 sec) and it contained a conflict between the spoken word and text image. There was an immediate feeling of a violation of linear truthfulness. A similarly disturbing impression comes from the audio-recording with the repeating sentence “A bad example of gravitation, hanged great grandma.”, which Lenka Vítková used at the exhibition in the Gallery Ve Sklepě, 2010. Quite light, on the contrary, is the impression from her recording of a ride through empty sheets of a text editor accompanied by the sound of a romantic song (Without Title, 2010, 1 min 17 sec), where we can see work with absence.

 

In cooperation with Markéta Lisá, Ondřej Petrlík and Filip Cenek (graphic design), she has been publishing a magazine for poetry titled Mamka (Mom) since 2012. Further, she participates in various projects, e.g. Audiofenky (Markéta Lisá, Kateřina Zochová and Lenka Vítková) or rtf (Lenka Vítková & Markéta Lisá). In addition to Tereza Velíková she cooperated on exhibitions with, for example, Pavel Sterec (Gallery Fotograf, 2011) or Ondřej Vinš (Gallery sam83, 2014). At two exhibitions she was represented, following the initiative of the curators, together with the already mentioned Jiří Valoch (Kabinet T., 2011; Studio of Josef Sudek, 2013). During her thesis work at the Academy of Fine Arts, she continued with her curator activities and she organized the exhibition The Waste Land, which concerned the topic of her doctoral work Texty ve vizuálním umění (Texts in Visual Art). (Tranzitdisplay, 2011; exhibiting: Rashid Johnson, Zbigniew Libera, Jan Nálevka, Jiří Thýn, Sue Tompkins; accompanying event: Jiří Valoch read his unpublished conceptual texts).

Author of the annotation
Denisa Bytelová
Sráč Sam

Published
2015

CV

Studies:

2010–2013
Doctoral Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts, trainer Doc. Vladimír Skrepl

1993–1998
Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech philology - Art education

Internships, creative residencies:

2008
CCA Šargorod, Ukraine
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.
rtf (Markéta Lisá a Lenka Vítková)
Audiofenky (jako host Markéty Lisé a Kateřiny Zochové)

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015
Severosever – jihojih – na nebi, vitráži a monitoru modrá více svítí, Měsíc ve dne, České Budějovice 2015
Na čem stojím, kurátor Matěj Smrkovský, Galerie Vzájemnost, Praha

2014
Odpovědi těla na otázky květin, Fait Gallery MEM, kurátor Jan Zálešák, Brno
Frau Blumenstein, SVIT / AUTOCENTER Berlin
Dvě planety se mi v mysli zvětšují, kurátorka Veronika Resslová, Bílý nástěnka, Školská 28, Praha
Refrén, kurátorka Edith Jeřábková, SVIT, Praha

2013
Hra na levou a pravou stranu, kurátorka Katarína Uhlířová, Entrance, Praha

2012
Malá odvážná země, Galerie 207, VŠUP, Praha,
Ať je to cokoli, má to své požadavky, kurátoři Jiří Ptáček a Dušan Zahoranský, Kostka/Meetfactory, Praha
Průhledná věc, kurátorka Blanka Švédová, Galerie Na shledanou, Volyně

2010
Rádio sůl, kurátor Jiří Ptáček, Café Steiner, Brno
Gravitace, kurátor Kryštof Vancl, Galerie Ve sklepě, Praha

2009
Od A k A, Galerie Školská 28, Praha,
A řekla:, kurátor Pavel Sterec, Galerie Pavilon, Praha
Třetí domov, kurátor Luděk Rathouský, Galerie Slávie, Náchod

2007
Sběratelka kostí, kurátor Michal Pěchouček, Galerie 35m2, Praha

2005
Obrazárna, Výstaviště Flora Olomouc
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2015
Preliminary sadness, kurátor Michal Novotný, Karlin Studios
Ten dům se nepatří, Milan Sálak, Viktor Čech, Caroline Krzyszton, Karlin Studios
Existuju, kurátor Igor Korpaczewski, Galerie 35m2

2014
Kometa, kurátorka Edith Jeřábková, Futura, Praha
Sobota, s Ondřejem Vinšem, galerie sam83, Česká Bříza
Jídlo je nosný koncept, kurátoři Tereza Jindrová a Jan Kratochvil, Tranzitdisplay, Praha
Svět práce, s Markétou Lisou, kurátorka Marika Kupková, GDP, Galerie TIC, Brno
Čtení, s Markétou Lisou a Janem Šerých, kurátorka Marika Kupková, Kabinet, TIC, Brno
Na počátku bylo ticho, kurátor Daniel Vlček, Galerie města Plzně, Plzeň

2013
Flow, kurátorky Zuzana Blochová a Patricie Talacko, PragueBiennale 6
16-20 000 Hz, kurátor Daniel Vlček, MeetFactory, Praha

2012
Současná česká malba, kurátor Milan Mikuláštík, Galerie NTK, Praha,
Štěstí, výstava v rámci 4+4 dnů v pohybu, s rtf, Praha

2011
Barvy Colours Farben Colori, s Jiřím Valochem, Galerie Kabinet T., Zlín
Provazový most, s Pavlem Stercem, kurátorka Edith Jeřábková, Fotograf Gallery, Praha
Chůze a Poznámky k chůzi, s Terezou Velíkovou, Karlin Studios a Galerie Jelení, Praha

2010
U dubu tu budu, kurátoři Markéta Kubačáková a Viktor Čech, Galerie Školská 28, Praha
Sebrané úvahy, kurátorka Edith Jeřábková, Galerie Entrance, Praha
Dziewięć tytułów, kurátor Zbigniew Libera, Galeria BWA Zielona Góra
Tape it, kurátorka Alice Nikitinová, OUI Gallery, Grenoble

2009
Hlava, Karlín Studios,
Freek show, kurátor Tony Ozuna, Galerie Califia, Horažďovice
Something of Myself, Huntkastner Artworks, Praha

2008
Oliva v martini, jako host Aleny Kotzmannové v Huntkastner Artworks, Praha,
Už stovky let to nebolí, kurátor Martin Horák, Galerie města Blanska, Galerie Šternberk
Stály a čekaly, až se objeví, Experimentální prostor NoD, Praha
Collections
Sbírka Marek
Sbírka Fait
Michal Mánek 
Other realisations

Kurátorské projekty:

 

The Waste Land, Tranzitdisplay, Praha, 2011

Za hřbety knih, které jsem nečetla. Studenti Vladimíra Skrepla a Jiřího Kovandy,

Letohrádek Hvězda, Praha, 2011

Místo a formule, GASKartfest, Kutná Hora, 2009 (Ján Mančuška, Patricie Fexová, Sláva Sobotovičová, Jiří Thýn, Vasil Artamonov – Alexey Klyuykov, Pavel Sterec, Martin Zet)

Lovci lebek, s Edith Jeřábkovou, Galerie Klatovy/Klenová – Pardubice – Regensburg, 2007

36, prostor pro současné umění v Olomouci, 36 výstav v letech 2006–2010

Monography

Articles

Edith Jeřábková: Obrazárna. Ateliér 25–26 , 15. 12. 2005

 

Pavel Preisner: LenkaVítková – Obrazárna. ProstorZlín, 1/2006

 

Zuzana Štefková: Stály a čekaly až se objeví. Ateliér 3, 7. 2. 2008

 

Tony Ozuna: Quiet drama. The Prague Post, April 30th, 2008

 

Edith Jeřábková: Zvolna začínám chápat, jak se asi cítí oliva v martini. Kotzmannová a Vítková

 

v Huntkastner Artworks. Art & antiques, květen 2008

 

JiříPtáček: Mezi “s” a “v” je rozdíl. Nový prostor 302, 7. 4. 2008

 

Eva Krátká: Lenka Vítková. A řekla: GaleriePavilon, březen–duben 2009, Flash Art.CZ/SK Vol.III, No. 11–12.  

 

http://www.rozhlas.cz/mozaika/radiogalerie/_zprava/lenka-vitkova--1018325

 

Eva Krátká: Lenka Vítková : pohyby fragmentů jazyka. Fotograf, roč. 12, 2013, č. 22, s. 80-83

Personal texts not included in database

výběr textů, které souvisí s uměleckou praxí Lenky Vítkové:

Edith Jeřábková a Lenka Vítková: Plán b, Umělec 3/2006

Lenka Vítková: Now art is here: Jiří Valoch, Umělec 1/2007

Lenka Vítková: Hlášená demonstrace / Rozhovor se skupinou Rafani, Umělec 3/2007

Lenka Vítková: Q: protisměr, Umělec  2/2008 (3D práce Igora Korpaczewského)

Místo před obrazem (Maria Lassnig v Serpentine Gallery), Umělec 2/2008

Video

Photo

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