ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator

Is it a trace of a perpetrator, hiding in the hope that the investigators won't be able to reveal his case? Was there even any crime?

 

The project is an attempt to freely translate a strategy of the so-called emptied narration, used especially in film, into an exhibition format. A hero without clear psychological or other attributes that would allow the viewers to identify with him browses through fragments of a narrative plot, which in this case may or may not be a detective story. Therefore the exhibition highlights the medium and form itself, more than the story as a whole. At the same time, it emphasizes the empty spots, which remain after any attempt to assemble the familiar visual keys into a coherent whole. 

 

Robert Šalanda was born in Olomouc in 1976 and currently lives and works in Prague. His work predominantly consists of painting, with overlaps to three-dimensional work or experiments with the fragile medium of paper. What mostly defines his approach is the combination of organic forms and stark lines, abstracted motifs, repetition, quotation and mistake. An intuitive mode follows a long-term research process, often based in linguistics or typography as well as verbal and pictorial expressions of the “naïve”, “vulgar” or “banal” culture. In numerous works Šalanda emphasizes the ironies in phrases and words taken out of context. Another focus is on simple symbols, which gain ambiguous meanings through repetition and recontextualization.

 

Šalanda has exhibited his works in many group as well as solo exhibitions in Prague, Berlin, and New York City. His recent solo shows include Galerie Pavilon in Prague, Entrance Gallery in Prague, Galerie 35m2 in Prague, MeetFactory contemporary art center. From 2011 he runs the SPZ gallery, together with Lukáš Machalický. He teaches painting at the Scholastika school of contemporary art and from fall 2016 is appointed as a head of the Painting I. Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. His residencies include ISCP in New York, or AiR Antwerpen.

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ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator - exhibition view
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator - exhibition view
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator
 
CURRENT! JIŘÍ SURŮVKA: Samostatná výstava 09/12/2016 12/02/2017 JIŘÍ SURŮVKA: Samostatná výstava CURRENT! ROY DA PRINCE 09/12/2016 12/02/2017 ROY DA PRINCE CURRENT! IEVA KRAULE, KASPARS GROSHEVS: Dancing Water 09/12/2016 12/02/2017 IEVA KRAULE, KASPARS GROSHEVS: Dancing Water AUTO ITALIA: SHELL CORPORATION (prezentace / presentation) 01/11/2016 AUTO ITALIA: SHELL CORPORATION (prezentace / presentation) MARTIN ZET: | 24/09/2016 27/11/2016 MARTIN ZET: | MAGICIAN'S RIGHT HAND 24/09/2016 27/11/2016 MAGICIAN'S RIGHT HAND Azar Alsharif (NO/IR) / Diogo Evangelista (PT) / Anna Franceschini (IT) / Matyáš Chochola (CZ) /Henning Lundkvist (SE) / Nuno da Luz (PT) / Ana Manso (PT) / Nikolai Nekh (RUS) André Romão (PT)/ Iza Tarasewicz (PL) MORE THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS 21/06/2016 11/09/2016 MORE THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS Maxime Boidy + Pierre Paulin + Tan Lin; Kasper Bosmans + Marthe Ramm Fortun, Jan Brož + Barbora Kleinhamplová, ​Elaine Cameron-Weir + Carlos Reyes + Ben Schumacher, Andrew Dorsey, Sonja Engelhardt + Thom Kubli, Jason Hendrik Hansma + Vivian Sky Rehberg, Huang Xiaoli + Li Jinghu + Li Yueyang + Yang Zi + Zhang Xiyuan, K.r.m. Mooney, Parallel Practice; Augustas Serapinas; Allison Somers, Nicholas Aung Sung ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator 21/06/2016 11/09/2016 ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator JIMENA MENDOZA: The Notion of Distance (THREAT) 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 JIMENA MENDOZA: The Notion of Distance (THREAT) THOMAS JEPPE: Neo-Lad 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 THOMAS JEPPE: Neo-Lad KASIA FUDAKOWSKI: Meat in Window, Worried by a Wasp 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 KASIA FUDAKOWSKI: Meat in Window, Worried by a Wasp NEOLASTOSCOPE 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 NEOLASTOSCOPE Matthijs Munnik ANNA DAUČÍKOVÁ 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 ANNA DAUČÍKOVÁ INTERMARIUM 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 INTERMARIUM Chto delat, Grupa Azorro, IRWIN, Pavla Malinova, Svätopluk Mikyta, Rafani, Little Warsaw + film Walser by Zbigniew Libera DEBTS EROTIC REVIEW SINAI 13/10/2015 03/01/2016 DEBTS EROTIC REVIEW SINAI Than Hussein Clark