Per astra ad monstra
Created: 14. 1. 2016 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Exhibition opening on Tuesday the 26th January at 6 pm.

Exhibition runs from 27th January  till 27th February 2016.

Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–8pm


Gallery UM
nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1


An exhibition as the skein of history, the project Per Astra ad Monstra is a visual study on Markéta Jáchimová’s piece Enter the Void, accompanied by David Nosek’s projections Studies I-IV.

Every work of art is situated within the web of history and images, therefore reflecting works of the past and the potential future that the present constitutes. The present moment can be imagined as a composition of many periods of the past and potential future. It is then necessary to understand in this sense Markéta Jáchymová’s Enter the Void paintings (2015) and David Nosek’s projections Studies I-IV (2015), which occupy the dominant area of ​​the gallery. The projections are compiled from a curatorial selection of images that respond to the painting Enter the Void. Here the images confront like simulacra the work of Markéta Jáchimová by the principle of living on (Nachleben) and pursue the multiple paths of the images present in the exhibited painting. The piece Studies represents directly the open, outspread folds of time that flow raggedly back and forth. Past works are mirrored, like reflections in hyper-reality, on the walls of the gallery in constant motion as if we were turning a kaleidoscope. Art is composed in its flesh of many such reflections, and each work of art can be mirrored on all sides.

“The exhibition Per Astra ad Monstra is the turning of a kaleidoscope, into which new slides may be added or taken away, because the kaleidoscope provides inexhaustible views of history and the interpretation of the images themselves", is how the author and curator of the exhibition, Eva Skopalová, describes it.

Markéta Jáchimová (*1988), a student of the Studio of Painting headed by Jiří Černický and Marek Meduna.

David Nosek (*1994), a student of the Studio of Supermedia headed by David Kořínek and Milan Mikuláštík.


Author / curator: Eva Skopalová
Co-curator: Lucia Kvočáková