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Hudeček, Aleš / Urban Landscape

2016

acrylic, canvas, 140 x 190 cm

purchased in 2020 with the financial assistance of the Czech Ministry of Culture

This painting displays typical features of Hudeček’s work. It depicts two women sitting and talking to each other next to a model of the planned extension to Ostrava’s House of Art (known as the “White Shadow”). Their conversation – originally an informed discussion about the architectural design – can mutate into an everyday conversation about life, as often happens at exhibition openings or conferences. As viewers, we are present in a moment of relaxation, as can be seen from the unforced gestures of both women. A major milestone in the history of the gallery (and the city as a whole) is thus suddenly relegated to the status of a somewhat ignored background, as the topic of life itself becomes dominant. Hudeček’s typical de-contextualization of situations, which are removed from a real environment and re-situated in an indeterminate space, lends the painting a more general dimension, enabling it to ask questions about the real nature of life, our preferences, and meanings. In other words, any discussion about a specialist topic, any professional activity, always involves a person interacting with another person.

HUDEČEK ALEŠ

Hudeček is a painter based in Ostrava. After graduating from the secondary art school in his home town of Uherské Hradiště, he began studying under Daniel Balabán at the painting studio of the University of Ostrava’s Faculty of Education. The leitmotif of Hudeček’s painting is the figure. The thematic basis of his works draws on found photographs, often of unknown origin. Hudeček explores everyday situations, in which young women generally play the central role. He removes these figures from their original context and re-situates them into dream-like surroundings in the form of an indeterminate and blurred background that borders on the surreal. This enables him not only to focus our attention on activity itself, but also to remove these narratives from time; in their new timelessness, they function as generalized, archetypical signs that can be subjected to deeper analysis. Common situations can thus take on existential and psychological contours. Hudeček uses a highly varied (and at times almost psychedelic) colour palette. His paintings lie precisely on the boundary between reality and unreality. The composition of his painted paraphrases of photographs, combined with his artistic imagination and the decontextualization of content, lends his works a mysterious, ambiguous quality. Hudeček ranks among the most prominent figures on Ostrava’s art scene. For many years he has taught at the city’s secondary art school as well as being a curator for the Jáma gallery.
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