Unleashing Screensaver: Apr 23rd

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by Mary Meixner No Comments

The studio ‘Video-multimedia-performance’ lead by Jiří Surůvka is part of the Intermedia department at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Ostrava. In Czech Republic, there are two types of art education: at universities and at art academies. Even though we are the first type (university), the training in main subject is very close to the approach typical for art academies. Form and number of the rest of courses however follow the university type of education. The main subject takes circa 50 % of students’ curriculum. The rest of the curriculum consists of professional courses and workshops led by number of external educators in addition to the principal tutor (the master of the studio). Considerable part also take lectures on art history and introducing the students into the context of contemporary art by the means of excursions and self-study of literature.

The aim is to acquaint students with the content of study of Video-multimedia-performance studio. Chronology of studio lessons and exercises binds to discussed discipline in every semester (from drawing and painting, object and installation, performance and video art). Another aim of our courses is to explain the students the importance of their personal art activities outside the curriculum as their consultations with pedagogues alongside the school projects.


Martin Froulík: Selection of paintings from last time

Martin Froulík (born 1986) is a all-rounder author, a representantive of the young art generation. He graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Ostrava, where he studied in the studio lead by Jiří Surůvka (Video-multimedia-performance). He lives and works in Ostrava. Froulík chose painting to communicate his comments about the world. Dark or bright acrylic glazes overlap with the upper display layer of cardboard template, which in turn acts as enlarged graphics or large linocuts with irregular knife cuts. The form invites the viewer to search for content in individual picture plans. Without direct historical link to informal, his paintings are close to the un art autre (another art), which is perceived in contemporary visuals as an aesthetic means of coding the alienation and unreachableness of the world. On the canvas he records emotions caused by the landscape, relationships, simple suggestions. The skeleton of his image then forms a compact character composed of small, separated, definite and vague shapes exhaled by spraying in the sharp lines of the template.



Part of Unleashing Screensaver & Unleashing exhibitions
Apr 1 – May 31, 2018
concept & coordination: (c) merry
supported by PAF & Teachers College, Columbia University

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