Vladimíra Klumpar "New Sculptures and Drawings"

Heller Gallery

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Vladimíra Klumpar’s newest work moves into a more architectonic exploration of form. The seeds, leaves, flowers, stems and pods which used to be at the heart of Klumpar’s formal lexicon have been replaced by angles, edges and interior reflections. The objects speak to us through the artist’s use of color and light as well as the measured translucence which allows us to enter the piece. In her most successful pieces, we strain to resolve the perceptual distortion of simultaneously viewing the intricately textured surfaces while our eye travels through the mass of the visible interior to reach the opposite plane.

Klumpar began her studies at the Specialized Glassmaking High School in Železný Brod and finished nearly a decade later at the renowned Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under the tutorship of Professor Stanislav Libenský, the mentor to three generations of artists. She fully absorbed the Libensky lessons about the malleable properties of glass – the interior and exterior form, the color/light density – but also, his less often discussed teachings of the importance of nature as the ultimate guide to authentic shape and proportion.

Building upon Libenský & Brychtová’s concepts of color-light and optical geometry, she has risen through her work to stake a sculptural terrain of her own. Vladimíra Klumpar finds the exquisiteness in the ordinary and elevates it to the extraordinary. To paraphrase the art critic William Ganis “Klumpar’s new vocabulary and technical confidence writes a narrative, not of legible symbols, but of evolving visual revelations, occlusions and comparisons – a satisfying dialogue of mystical optics and mass.”



from May 05, 2011 to May 28, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-05-05 from 18:00 to 20:00

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