Pavla Sceranková has introduced a new artistic language and expression in the field of sculptural and object art; a new concept to continue the powerful legacy of the postmodern as well as neo-conceptual spatial art.

She creates sculptural objects and installations characteristic for their minimalist purity and sensitive relation to the given place. Another aspect of her works consists in the creation of objects with the element of action challenging the spectators to interact. However, it is more frequent for these objects to have the form of a video, or rather a video sculpture on the borderline between performance, animated sculpture and an autonomous video. They express the existential relation of man to the environment in which he lives and which he is confronted with.

As to the level of content, Pavla Sceranková intensively deals with the reflection of human perception, memory and individual experience of the surrounding world. Taking personal experience for a basis, she examines the way in which the experience has been retained in memory, respectively what form it has taken. The artist thematizes the phenomenon of perception, the experience of the act of perception, the relation between perception and the perceived world as well as the awareness of the act of perception.

 

Pavla Sceranková přináší do oblasti sochařské a objektové tvorby nový autorský jazyk a výraz; novou koncepci, navazující na silný odkaz postmoderního, ale zároveň i neokonceptuálního prostorového umění.

Vytváří sochařské objekty a instalace vyznačující se minimalistickou čistotou a citlivým vztahem k danému místu. Jinou polohou je tvorba objektů, v nichž je zakomponován prvek akce, které vyzývají diváka k interakci. Častěji však mají podobu videa, či spíše videosochy, která stojí na pomezí performance, animované sochy a autonomního videa. Vyjadřují existenciální vztah člověka k prostředí, ve kterém žije a se kterým se konfrontuje.

V obsahové rovině se Pavla Sceranková intenzivně zabývá reflexí lidského vnímání, pamětí a individuálním prožíváním okolního světa. Vychází z osobního prožitku a zkoumá způsob, jak se tento prožitek uchoval v paměti respektive jaký tvar nabyl. Autorka tematizuje fenomén vnímání, prožívání aktu vnímání, vztah vnímání ke vnímanému světu a vědomí aktu vnímání.

Pavla Sceranková

Born 1980 in Košice, Slovak Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

 

Studies

2011 PhD at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

2000 – 2006 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

 

Awards and Stipends

2010 Visegrad Artist Residency Program, Studio of Young Artists Association, Budapest, HU

2009 Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, Cooperative Méduse, Quebec, CA

2009 Václav Chad Award, V. Salon of Young Artists, Zlín, CZ

2007 Jindřich Chalupecký Award, finalist, Prague

2007 Cyprian Award, Bienale of Young Slovak Art, Trnava, SK

2006 DAAD stipend, UDK Berlin, DE

2006 Prize of the AFA Dean in Prague

2004 Erasmus stipend, Gray School of Art Aberdeen, GB

2002 Kunstlerwege, AKA Stuttgart, DE

2002 Josef Hlávka Award, Prague

 

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2015

Drdova Gallery, upcoming

2014

Old Light in the Department Galaxies, Fait Gallery, Brno, CZ

2013

Constellations, Moravian Gallery in Brno, CZ 

Woman in the Moon, Prague City Gallery, Prague

2012

Missing Chapter, Drdova Gallery, Prague

2011

Loud, Cyprian Majernik Gallery, Bratislava, SK

A Message from the Neocortex, Prague City Gallery, The Golden Ring, Prague

2009

Alles wird gut, G99, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ

Puzzle, BKC gallery, Brno, CZ

2008

Open closed open closed open... , site specific, CZ

2006

Sauer Kraut, Jelení Gallery, Prague

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2014

Europe, Europe, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

Who is the director? curated by Kristof Kintera & Denisa Vaclavova, 4+4 Days in Motion Festival, Prague

7th New Zlin Salon, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin, CZ

Circular Ruins, curated by Jean-Marc Avrilla, Meetfactory gallery, Institut Francais de Prague

9th Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liege, BE

2013

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

Jamais Vu, curated by Maria Niemyjska, Art Gallery Wozownia, Torun, Pl

Things and People, curated by Michal Jachula, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

Sun in the Shop Window, with Lucia Sceranková, Fotograf gallery, Prague

Grey Zone, with Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Peter Puklus, Krokus gallery, Bratislava, SK

Systems and Accidents, with Cyril Blažo, Tomáš Džadoň, Eva Koťátková, bad contemporary, Pietrasanta (Lucca), IT

2012

Systems and Accidents, with Cyril Blažo, Tomáš Džadoň, Eva Koťátková, Exelettrofonica, Rome, IT

The Stars Look Different Today, curated by Zita Sarvari, Dovin Gallery Budapest, HU

Would you like to play another game? curated by Denisa Václavová, Krištof Kintera, 4+4 Days in Motion, 17th Performing Arts Festival, former Casino, Pařížská Street, Prague

On the contrary, curated by Karina Kottová, Meetfactory, Prague

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

Pavla Sceranková a Juraj Kollár, curated by Martin Fišr, Martin Beníček, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, 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

Short Amorpha, BFI London, GB

Raum Selbst, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ

Prague Biennale 5, Microna, Prague

Critical Space, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU

Interview, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, SK

2010

The Bell 2010 Young Art Biennial, Prague City Gallery, The Stone Bell, Prague

Oskár Čepan Award Final 2010, Medium, Bratislava, SK

Collectors. The Czecho-Slovak Pavilion. Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, AT

2009

Situation, the 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, RU

5th Zlín Youth Salon, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, CZ

2008

Contemporary Czech Cubism, Old Town Hall, Prague

Videoart.cz, Space gallery, Bratislava, SK

2007

Jindřich Chalupecky Award Final 2007,  Entrance Gallery, Prague

Form follows…risk, Futura and Karlin Studios, Prague

Bienale of young Slovak art, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, SK

Punctum, Futura, Prague

Klasse Cragg, UDK Berlin, DE

2006

RE/ACT Festival, University in Mannheim, DE

2005

Best Of Festivals‘BO2, Médiatheque José Cabanis, Toulouse, FR

Essl Award CEE, Modern Gallery, Prague

2004

Extended Views, video festival, Amsterdam, NL

Young Art Biennial catalogue, Tomáš Pospiszyl, 2010

The objects and installations by Pavla Sceranková can be perceived as models of human behaviour; that, too, can be oddly mechanical yet fragile. Many of her works have a strange notion of time; a broken vase has frozen in a moment of its explosion; if we want to, we can restore it to its original state. On the other hand, repeated activities in the videos seem to be strangely conserved; that which should lead to the wearing down and destruction of the depicted tools is in fact a never-ending process.

 

Artforum, December / 2010

It was a pleasure to see the work of this young artist. Pavla Scerankova´s absurd constructions brought to mind both Dada and, suprisingly, Brazilian Neo-concretism. Clumsy and designed to fail, her kinetic sculptures prove perfect metaphors for the impossible solidity and performance held to characterize our current social and economic structures.

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