The term of “emptiness“ is fascinating already for the number of diverse and frequently incompatible circumstances under which it is used. Jan Nálevka may be emptying a space of meaning, for instance by drawing empty lines across the pages of a book on modern art and thus preparing its interpretation for a later rewriting. 

Another time he may add nothing to “nothing”, for instance by drawing square nets on empty sheets of paper which can be understood as just another possible form of a surface without a record. There is emptiness in missing, too; for instance when Nálevka focuses on unfulfilled modernist utopias. If we consider the creative act to be an original expression of the human individual, we will miss it in the mechanical fulfilment of transpersonal rules. The hard work that is an opposite of a “fulfilling” work, too, is seen as empty. Last but not least, geometry that has no signature style and tells of nothing is considered empty as well.

Jan Nálevka addresses various aspects of human life in the world of today. His artistic projects are actually multi-layered, with many overlapping semantic and contextual sets. However, he sees to it that at least some of these intersections are empty in a way.

 

Pojem „prázdno“ je fascinující už jen tím, za kolika různých a často neslučitelných okolností ho užíváme. Jan Nálevka někdy vyprazdňuje významový prostor, jako například když nakreslí prázdné řádky přes listy knihy o moderním umění a symbolicky jeho výklad připraví k budoucímu přepsání. Jindy „k ničemu“ nepřidá vlastní prací nic navíc, jako když na čisté listy papíru nakreslí čtvercové sítě, které chápeme pouze jako další z možných podob plochy bez záznamu. Rovněž v chybění můžeme spatřovat prázdno, jako například když Nálevka obrátí pozornost k nenaplněným modernistickým utopiím. Pokud kreativní čin považujeme za svébytný projev lidského individua, pak nám bude chybět v mechanickém naplňování nadosobních pravidel. Za prázdnou označujeme také dřinu, jež je opakem „naplňující“ práce. A za prázdnou konečně můžeme považovat také geometrii, jež nemá autorský rukopis a ani o ničem nevypráví.
Jan Nálevka se vyslovuje k různým aspektům lidského života v současném světě. Jeho umělecké projekty jsou vlastně velmi vrstevnaté, s mnoha významovými a kontextuálními množinami o mnoha vzájemných průnicích. Je ale dbáno na to, aby aspoň některé z těchto průniků byly nějak prázdné. 

 

Jan Nálevka

Born 1976 in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

 

Studies

1994 – 2000 Faculty of Fine Arts, Technical University Brno, CZ

 

Awards and Stipends

2012 Artist in Residence, Krems an der Donau, A

2012 Henkel Art Award – 1st prize, the Czech section, Prague

2010 Triangle Arts Association, New York, USA

2007 Finalist of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, CZ

1999 Centr D´Art Contemporain, Germinations 11, Domaine de Kerguehennec, FR

1998 Magyar Iparmüvészeti Föiskola, Budapest, HU

1996 Kultur Kontakt, Horn, A

 

Member of the artist doublet Mina (since 1995)

 

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2018

Free Fall, Berlinskej model, Prague, CZ

And now let's finally turn the page, curated by Jiří Ptáček, Fait Gallery, Brno, CZ 

Index, curated by Jiří Ptáček, Lucie Drdova Gallery, Prague

2017

Case Study, Set gallery, Liberec

Moving Image Department # 7 (with Brian Eno), Trade Fair Palace, National Galelry in Prague, CZ

2016

solo presentation, Art on Paper, Brussels, Belgium

–, Karlin Studios, Prague

A New Definition of Progress, Fotograf gallery, Prague

2014

ISO 216, Gallery 207, Prague

2013

Prací samočinných strojů k volnému času... , Die Aktualität des Schönen..., Liberec, CZ

The Thoughts of Modern Sculptors, Ferdinand Baumann Gallery, Prague

AAAA ( with Petra Herotová), 35M2 gallery, Prague

As I Added Before, Drdova Gallery, Prague

2011

Other Rooms, Other Voices, Make Up Gallery, Košice, SK

The Same, The Similar (with Siegrun Appelt), Stadtpark gallery, Krems, AT

2010

I would also like to add that..., Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ

Till the Blue Skies Drive the Dark Clouds Far Away, Kabinet Gallery, Brno, CZ

2009

Until The Morning Comes, House of Art, České Budějovice, CZ

2007

Jindřich Chalupecký Award, Final 2007, etc.gallery, Prague

2006

We will meet again, Futura, Prague

Will you ever return?, Entrance Gallery, Karlin Studios, Prague

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017

AMIWHATIAMTHINKINGABOUT?, curated by Tomáš Svoboda and Ondřej Chrobák, 4+4 Days in Motion, 22ndInternational Festival of Contemporary Art, Prague

Můžeme ztratit všechno jen ne čas, Měsíc ve dne (The Moon during daytime gallery), Ceske Budejovice, CZ

Absolute beginners, SVIT, Prague

2016

Václav Stratil / Landscape, Fait Gallery, Brno, CZ

junge menschen kommt, SPZ gallery, Prague, CZ

2015

Objectonomy, curated by Sally Haftel, Meetfactory, Prague

2014

Tracing the Memory, Vaal gallery, Tallinn 

Truth and the Void Between Realities, by Markéta Stará Condeixa, Baginski gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

Nula Dies Sine Linea, Post-conceptual overlap in the Czech drawing, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ

Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities, Williams Center Gallery, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

2013

The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, House of Arts in Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ

SKOK! Tales of (y)our City, Spinnerei Leipzig, Werkschauhalle, Germany

Needless Cleanup, curated by Karina Kottová, Meetfactory, Prague

Minimální trvanlivost –  kontext roku 2012 ve výtvarném umění / Best-before with subheading Context of 2012 in Art, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
 

Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities, curated by Zeljka Himbele & Wiliam Heath, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC, USA

Best-before with subheading Context of 2012 in Art, Emil Filla Gallery, CZ
 

(O)svícení, NTK gallery, Prague

2012

The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen, CZ

The Islands of Resistance. Between the First and Second Modernity 1985-2012, curated by Jiří Ševčík, Edith Jeřábková and Jana Ševčíková, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletržní Palace, Prague

2011

The Waste Land, Tranzitdisplay, Prague

Prague Biennale 5, Microna, Prague

6th New Zlín Salon, The Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín, CZ

Prague Quadriennal, Contemporary Czech Videoart, Piazzetta of the National Theatre, Prague

Performance Lab: Exploring Contemporary Czech Performance, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

The 90´s Generation, The House of Arts, Brno, CZ

2010

Seeing New York, Czech Center New York, New York, USA

Open Studio, Triangle Arts Association, New York, USA

Where do we go from here? Secession, Vienna, A

Hot Line, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague

One On One, House of The Kunstat Lords, House of Arts, Brno, CZ

2009

Kortárs rajz (Contemporary Drawing), Stúdio Galéria, Budapest, HU

Contemporary Drawing, Galerie 2. Patro, Prague

Contemporary Drawing, Kasárne Kulturpark, Košice, SK

Re-romantic, Youth Gallery, Brno, CZ

Ribba, Kabinet Gallery, Brno, CZ

Donumenta, European Open Air Gallery, Regensburg, DE

Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague

Psychology of Future, a.m.180 gallery, Prague

2008

Czech Sources-contemporary czech art of three generations, Prague House, Brussels, BE

5th New Zlín Salon 2008, The Regional Gallery of Fine Arta, Zlín, CZ

Contemporary Czech Cubism, Old Town Hall, City Gallery Prague

30% off / image is nothing, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague

I don´t exist when you don´t see me, Futura – Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

Gross Domestic Product 2: according to Krištof Kinstera, Mars Gallery, Moscow, RUS

Prague Biennale 3, Karlin Hall, Prague

Gross Domestic Product, Municipal Library, City Gallery Prague

ViennaFair, Messezentrum, Vienna, AT

Indexes of Delight, Central Houses of Artists, Moscow, RUS

Against Everyone, Bastart Gallery, Bratislava, SK

2006

Safe, Karlin Studios Gallery, Prague

IV. Zlín Youth Salon, The Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín, CZ

Innenansicht Prag 06, Kunst Raum Noe, Vienna, AT

Land Locked, New Photography and Video form the Czech Republic, London College of Communication, Well Gallery, London

Frisbee, The House of the Kunstat Lords, The House of Arts, Brno, CZ

2005

Ladies´ Privilege, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

Frisbee, De Veemvloer Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Henkel CEE Art Award, Louvre Gallery, Prague

2004

Insiders, The House of the Kunstat Lords, The House of Arts, Brno, CZ

Frisbee, MNAC / The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, RO

Eastern Alliance, Lichtturm Oberbaum City, Berlin, DE

Faculty of Fine Arts 1993-2003, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague

2003

Four Roomed Hotel. It´s a Question of Lust, The House of the Kunstst Lords, The House of Arts, Brno, CZ

Youngest Czech Art, National Gallery, Prague

Czechoslovakia, Slovak National Museum, Bratislava, SK

III. Zlín Youth Salon, The State Gallery, Zlín, CZ

2002

Eskort Gallery, nongallery space, Langenlois, AT

Hedonistic Abstraction, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ

IV. Youth Art Biennal Zvon 2002 – Forum of Independence, Golden Ring House, City Gallery Prague

Monochroms, Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague

 

 

 

 

 

 

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