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Ovčáček, Eduard / Three anthropometrie

1985

acrylic, collage, paper, paper – cellulose, perspex, height 225 cm

purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture

The Three Anthropometries are examples of the unique sculptural forms created by Eduard Ovčáček in addition to his paintings and graphic works. Although they are three-dimensional pieces (casts taken from a mould of a female body, featuring variously coloured surfaces and various textures), they clearly display Ovčáček’s typically graphic mode of thinking. The three casts are identical in form, though their surfaces vary; they reveal the different psychological effects created by an identical figure when rendered first in white, and then in other colours and with graphic elements. The modulation of the figures’ facial expressions may evoke the differing personalities which come together to make up human society, or they may demonstrate how our moods and energies shift, alternate and fluctuate over time.

OVČÁČEK EDUARD

(1933, Třinec) One of the most important artists to have come from or worked in this region. His importance lies not only in his works themselves, but also in his other activities. He has been an ambassador, initiator and mediator of unofficial tendencies and events, as well as working tirelessly as a university art teacher in Ostrava. He studied at the Bratislava University of Fine Arts (1957–1963) under Peter Matejka. He became an important figure on the art scene while still a student, and after discussions with the organizers of the “Confrontations” exhibitions in Prague, he organized Confrontations in Bratislava too. He later become a founding (and active) member of the Concretist Club. His work is characterized by a constant striving to find new concepts and materials, experimenting with forms and new horizons. After beginning his career working with informel structures, letters and symbols became a formative element in his art. He became one of the first (and foremost) Czech lettrists and visual poets. He has also deviated from his focused letters to explore figural painting in an idiom close to that of the Czech Grotesque school. Ovčáček is particularly known for his large visual collages, in which he burned brass letters into paper, arranging them in rows, accumulating and overlayering them or creating words, sentences and quotations. He has also left an indelible imprint on Czech serigraphy, becoming a pioneer of serigraphic techniques and expanding their potential by applying geometric and constructivist principles. In recent years he has also left his artistic mark on computer graphics. The seminal importance of his work has been recognized by numerous awards and prizes.
singed paper, plaster, board, 53 × 40.5 × 23 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1982

Ovčáček, Eduard / Anthropometry

mixed technique, canvas, paper, 140 × 200 cm, purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
1991

Ovčáček, Eduard / Unpaid account (White)

singed paper, wood, plaster, 40 × 30.5 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1972

Ovčáček, Eduard / J. H.’s Right Breast

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1996
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