The Oddly Obvious

Tereza Nováková & Romana Veselá, 29.09.2016, 18:00

Opening: 29. 9 – 18:00–23:00
Visiting hours: 1.10 – 10:00–17:00
Closing: 8:10 – 12:00–18:00

Is there a boundary for artists between creation and privacy? Between the galleries and home, between professional life and friendship?

This exhibition representing the art scene of Ústí nad Labem (in the North Bohemian region) exists exactly on this strangely apparent and yet ambiguous frontier.
The communally-shared world that is simultaneously both work and home is a place where there is no distinction between high and low art, but where creation happens nonetheless.

It is perhaps with this strangeness that Ústí nad Labem stands out on the Czech map, and not only for those who enjoy returning to the city. There the relationship between luxury and lost traditions are well hidden under the dusty facades of buildings and the details of carved wardrobes and bookshelves.

The interior of the villa P651 bears the memory of the place, and artistic realizations risk the problematic clash of two cultures, namely the First and the (Seventh?) Republic, just as is the case with the exteriors of the city of Ústí nad Labem. These projects therefore evoke a sense of arrangement and uncertainty in spacetime. The search for identity, and a return to storytelling and to home-these things are oddly obvious.