Matasová, Adéla / Interspaces
mixed technique, cloth, mechanical motion, 200 × 200 × 200 cm
purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
In this strikingly colourful object, Matasová juxtaposes the minimalistic flat surfaces of a wall-mounted object (covered with stretched cloth) with the motion produced by the mechanism hidden inside the object. When the mechanism is in motion, a sculptural effect develops across its smooth surface. The suspended object creates a striking visual game and opens up numerous possibilities for interpretation. Perhaps its most powerful effect is to make us reflect upon the ostensibly static nature of the object, under whose surface there is, nevertheless, movement. Instability and constant development are fundamental characteristics of the universe. However, it is interesting that when humans perceive the world, it appears to them to be static and stable. The object “Interspaces” also addresses the notion of secrets. Using highly economical means, a smooth minimalistic surface is transformed into new, moving constellations of shapes, creating an unexpected tension on the surface. Apparent certainty becomes an element of surprise, which draws us into the artist’s play with materials and shapes, and thoroughly captivates our attention.