Variations on Relations
March 13th – April 20th, 2019
Exhibition vernissage: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 6 pm
Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Finally, welcome home! Come and enjoy the pretense of arranged homelessness, the magical formula between relationships of things and beings. Rest in a place composed to escape the outside world, but do not forget that you become part of the composition. The creators of this year's second exhibition at the UM Gallery are students of UMPRUM Lenka Glisníková and Tania Nikulina.
Variations on Relations offers an installation space that oscillates between the materialized idea of a cozy home and a showroom of the future. This hybrid environment is a backdrop for an active dialogue between the viewer and the space. The exhibition refers to the theme of home and the presence of homelessness within, and the reality between what we wish and what is forced on us by advertising. The installation includes relaxed playfulness and creativity, working with decorum not only in the sense of decoration and embellishment. Evidence of this can be found in the slippers created by the artists of the exhibition, which they perceive as a connecting element of the exhibition, representing an intimate and personal subject, with an emphasis on comfort, warmth, and cleanliness.
The decor is repeated and fills the space from the whole to every detail. All specially designed fabric objects - slippers, carpet, wallpaper, seating pillows, and many others use a repeating pattern. The pieces were created by editing photos of fabric objects, their overlapping, processing, and darkening.
The installation offers and applies the viewer to become a participating actor, as part of the exhibition the artists prepared scenarios to be filled in - viewers find themselves in the position of the customer but also as a visitor to a specific residential area. The viewer can explore the spaces, hold and test exhibited objects, dress in them and give them another dimension. The accompanying program of the exhibition also helps to fully integrate into the installation.
"The creation of the Variations on Relations exhibition led us to the need to devise a shared space for the relaxation or activation of the audience. Inspired by the current trend of wellness, esotericism, Airbnb, pre-designed space and the influence of advertising, led us to make our own home according to these guidelines," said the creators of the exhibition Tania Nikulina and Lenka Glisníková.
Tania Nikulina is now completing her studies in the UMPRUM Sculpture Studio and during the entire time, she has had an inclination towards making soft stitched objects, fabrics, and translucent plastics. She often films them as they flutter in the air or slither like deserted fur in spring grass. She also lets her objects come to life as unusual fashion pieces.
Lenka Glisníková is studying in her last year in the UMPRUM Photography Studio. Her scanned photos are fragmented in post-production, and from their remnants, fragments, and details give rise to new compositions that she further prints on other surfaces and materials. She is interested in a clash of minor physical features (such as fingertips) and immeasurable size (such as the Internet).
The Variations on Relations exhibition will be on display in the UM Gallery until April 20th.
The accompanying program of the exhibition will be specified and published in its course.
Exhibitors: Lenka Glisníková and Tania Nikulina
Curator: Tereza Rudolf