Colours of Transparency
UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Studio of Glass
20-23 September 2018
London Design Fair
Old Truman Brewery
26 Hanbury Street
Thu-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm
Pellucidity and hue in relation to glass is the central theme around the exhibition Colors of Transparency from the Studio of Glass of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). The collection will be presented at the London Design Fair in the autumn and will showcase the latest works of students’ of the UMPRUM, who work with paint, disrupt classic design concepts and are not afraid to experiment. The objects are timeless, they cross the boundaries of traditional glassmaking and meddle between the fields of design and fine art. At the same time, it honors a high level of quality craftsmanship that is made possible in such world-class glass workshops like (Rückl, Moser, and Bomma).
The central display of the exhibition is the project Merano - POP by František Jungvirt, whose concept connects craftsmanship from the Renaissance and Baroque periods with looseness, expression and a technical development of the present time. His objects are at the same time a performance in which the lesser shine of the crystal is replenished with color.
Another exhibitor is Barbora Štefánková and her collection 9539 days. Small figurative sculptures linked to the tradition of glass figures are brought into the context of contemporary art.
Sebastian Kitzberger chose a remarkable way to create his collection of vases Crust, which reinterprets the traditional artistic craft of dense blown-glass vases. The wood molds used for the production of the vases were cut by a chainsaw to obtain a radical shape and texture imitating cut glass.
Marieta Tedenacová's Narcissus vases are a high-quality art object, which works with the reflection of the viewer's face on the mirrored inner surface of the vase and on the outer opposite side of the vase is a portrait using traditional painting techniques. The author works with the motif of self-portraiture and fragmentation that connects the viewer's reflection with the painting.
The Vandal Vases collection by Dominika Petrtýlová, are based on a combination of paintings by the old masters, city calligraphy, tagging, and graffiti. She works with the moment when the art of the architecture encounters a natural vandalism and a human vandalism, she processes all of this and injects it into her own designs.