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The impossible beauty of artist Radka Salcmannova

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Modern Painter Magazine/ 25 Artist to watch/December Issue 2013

 

“The Pilsen, Czech Republic-born artist Radka Salcmannova has been turning heads with her confounding and surreal works, such as her “Photography Paintings.” In these, she’s taking photos that look like paintings, bringing together her cultural memory with her outlook on art practice. To Salcmannova, everything is a performance, as each artwork is “a record of a moment,” as she says. Her works are dreamlike, sometimes appearing chemically burned or singed by the passage of memory. Her ambitions lie in expanding her practice for theater and performance, bridging all her past experiences in the visual arts into one sort-of uber artwork. It will be fascinating to see what she produces within the coming year.”

COMPLEX Magazine/10 emergency artist to watch in 2014

 

To Paint Using Statues and Photographs“Radka Salcmannová’s series of self-portraits, Over, was created as a thesis work in the Kurt Gebauer Studio at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (VŠUP). In it the artist has allowed herself to be photographed in limp, resigned positions and covered in a hard-to-identify, slimy liquid. The poses she takes on are truly of the passive feminine, and yet they cleverly offer up an erotic subtext. However, almost immediately the artist fully degrades this obvious eroticness with an excess of sleaze that she exposes in complete resignation. She transforms into an alien, a strange creature from a sci-fi story that evokes a certain amount of disgust.”

Tereza Volná

Fotograf Magazine/16 Issue/Photography and Painting

15 Modern Artist to watch

“Radka Salcmannova is known for her surreal artwork. In her “Photography Paintings,” she makes photos that look like surreal paintings. For Radka each photo is a performance and record of the moment. Her works are modern, creative and dreamlike. Sometimes they mimic the passage of time. Radka does this by making images look chemically burned as if faded by the passage of memory.”

Michael Owens/Artist for freedom

“RADKA SALCMANNOVA: was born in 1986 in Prague CZ. She studied at the Institute of Art and Designin Prague; Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague; Academy of Fine Arts, Prague; School of Visual Arts in NYC.

RS: As a painter I’ve shied away from classical painting because the medium is not sufficient enough for me to express myself.  I have also studied sculpture at The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and have significant experience with photography. My work  involves using all three mediums, often simultaneously.

Mixing different media allows me to transgress categories that traditionally defines a work of art.  The viewer is never quite certain of what she is seeing. There is always doubt. Photography looks like paint, the photograph’s object is sculptural. Paint resembles photography, and photography is a static-filled moment of video or motion. Every piece is a performance, a record of a moment as well.

I am especially interested is in transformational moments – short and limited – in which something is about to happen or just happened, though it’s often difficult to make sense of what exactly that is.  Sometime it feels  as if a subject’s spirit does not have a places to land, as if  the work  has captured it on it’s rebound.  Other times old unfinished stories mingle with new unfamiliar ones creating  parallel realities.  Whatever the narrative, I construct every detail  of the piece  giving it  internal coherence and integrity – it’s own truth.

The images of course are fiction, but not just their subjects. Because I am someone who constantly questions my own emotions,  my own reality, my intention is the challenge others to do the same.  Im my work  I hope to create an emotional experience that is unfamiliar to the viewer that cause her to consider what she feels. At the deepest level, what I create are works of emotional fiction.”

Psychology Tomorrow Magazine/Issue 01/ 2012

 

SELECTED PRESS:

BEAUTUFUL SAVAGE MAGAZINE http://beautifulsavage.com/design/impossible-beauty-radka-salcmannova/

MODERN PAINTER MAGAZINE, 25 ARTIST TO WATCH, MAGAZINE, NEW YORK, 2014 HTTP://WWW.BLOUINARTINFO.COM/NEWS/STORY/994234/MODERN-PAINTERS-PRESENTS-25-ARTISTS-TO-WATCH-IN-2014-PART-2-OF

15 MODERN ARTIST FOR 2015, HTTP://WWW.MICHAELOART.COM/

15-MODERN-ARTISTS-2015/10 EMERGENCY PAINTERS TO WATCH, COMPLEX MAGAZINE, NEW YORK, 2014 HTTP://WWW.COMPLEX.COM/STYLE/2014/01/PAINTERS-TO-WATCH-IN-2014/RADKA-SALCMANNOVA

FOTOGRAF MAGAZINE, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2010 HTTP://FOTOGRAFMAGAZINE.CZ/EN/MAGAZINE/PHOTOGRAPHY-AND-PAINTING/PROFILES/RADKA-SALCMANNOVA/

PIEROGI ONLINE FLAT FILES HTTP://FLATFILES.PIEROGI2000.COM/ARTIST/RADKA-SALCMANNOVA/

VISUAL AND CRITICAL STUDIES MAGAZINE, RADKA SALCMANNOVA, NEW YORK, 2012 HTTP://VISUALANDCRITICALSTUDIES.COM/2012/08/27/FORMER-VCS-EXCHANGE-STUDENT-RADKA-SALCMANNOVA-IN-PSYCHOLOGY-TOMORROW-MAGAZINE/PSYCHOLOGY

TOMORROW MAGAZINE HTTP://WWW.PSYCHOLOGYTOMORROWMAGAZINE.COM/RADKA-SALCMANNOVA/

CZECH CENTRE, NEW YORK HTTP://NEW-YORK.CZECHCENTRES.CZ/PROGRAM/EVENT-DETAILS/SLOVAK-APAP/

LUMINA JOURNAL, NEW YORK, 2015,COLLOSAL MAGAZINE, NEW YORK,2013-PIEROGY GALLERY, BROOKLYN,NYC 2012- “SKETCHING”, OPEN STUDIO, DUMBO, NEW YORK, 2012- BACKFORWARD, FANABERIE BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2011- CHARTS IN USE,RUNS GALLERY IN PRAGUE, 2011- ARTSEMESTER GALLERY VSUP, PRAGUE, 2011- BOMBAKLAD, GALLERY, CASTLE KRIVOKLAT, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2010- MADEL KNODEL, VIENA, AUSTRIA, 2010- MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHER 12, PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING, 2009- PORTRET DOMINIK, PILSEN, 2009- CZ ARTSEMESTER, GALLERY AVALON, PILSEN, 2010- JUICY LINKS, TRAFACKA GALLERY, PRAGUE 2010- ARTSEMESTER, GALERY VSUP, PRAGUE, 2010- ARTYCOK.TV ART FAIR, MEETFACTORY GALLERY, PRAGUE,CZ.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2016- September 8th, “Monument of Observation” , solo exhibition, Gallery Kostka, MeetFactory, Prague, CZ

2016- February 18th,Deep is never enough , art show and art direction with collaboration Carolina Sarria, NYFW16, New York

2016- June 25th, Light is Dark, Immersive Gallery, Monument of observation performance and video projection, New York

2016- March 24th,Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Artist presentation, National City hall in Manhattan, New York

2016- March 4th,LIGHT YEAR 11: DECOMPOSITION AND TRANSCENDENCE, Manhattan Bridge, New York

 2016- March 4th, Decomposition and Transcendence, The Touch Of Eclipse, Media Center by IFP, New York

2013-  Flat Files collection in Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2012- SKETCHING, Dumbo, New York,

2012- BACKFORWARD, Fanaberie Brooklyn, New

2011- CHARTS IN USE, Runs Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic

2011- ARTSEMESTER, Gallery VSUP, Prague, Czech Republic

2011- BOMBAKLAD, Gallery at Castle Krivoklat, Czech Republic

2010- MADEL KNODEL, Vienna, Austria

2010- PHOTOGRAPHER 12, Photography and painting, Prague, Czech Republic

2009- PORTRET DOMINIK, Pilsen, Czech Republic

2009- CZ ARTSEMESTER, Gallery Avalon, Pilsen, Czech Republic

2010- JUICY LINKS, Trafacka Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2010- ARTSEMESTER, Gallery VSUP, Prague, Czech Republic

2010- ARTYCOK.TV ART FAIR, MEETFACTORY GALLERY, PRAGUE, Czech Republic