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Heart on the move Markéta Hlinovská a Veronika Holcová

25. 9. 2020 – 3. 1. 2021 Venue -1 Gallery Temporary Exhibition Curator Lenka Sýkorová

In examining the world and searching for the meaning of life, in Part II of his classical book Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart John Amos Comenius suggests to look into our own heart, where most of us will find adequate answers. It was this intimate turmoil that inspired Markéta Hlinovská’s and Veronika Holcová’s exhibition. Its name Heart on the Move refers to the intimate dilemma within oneself and symbolizes emotions, love and a relationship with our loved ones. The heart as the main protagonist is presented here in its fragility and vulnerability.

Its synergies that stem from a network of relationships are transformed into a multi-layered story that is freely developed in the art gallery. The viewer is drawn into the imaginary path of the "paradise of the heart." The exhibition is a dialogue between the artists and across painting, drawing and object media. Markéta Hlinovská’s artwork has focused on the nature-civilization relationship for a long time. Her artwork, however, does not have any moralistic subtext and shows her passion for animal figures that often adopt human patterns of behavior. Markéta likes to experiment and works with innovative overlaps. She uses the template technique to create site-specific installations. It is the content of the dialogue between the artists that becomes the basis for the visual reproduction of inner emotions with a touch of humor. References to fragments of human activity are masterfully alternated with an animal world that is visually easy to understand in the form of animal metaphors. Veronika Holcová inhabits her dreamlike landscapes not only with animals, but also with human and surreal figures. Veronika captures the wilderness of the outside as well as in the soul. Mysticism, shamanism or fascination with primordial worlds are her domain in both drawing and painting. She draws the viewer into a dreamlike environment full of fragile and surreal figures placed against highly imaginative landscapes. She masterfully transforms her innermost feelings in diary cycles painted by oil on handmade paper, using both the classic paintbrush and her fingers. The inner story is told by the figure that accompanies us through the exhibition and is often transformed into an animal form and merged in the dialogue with Markéta Hlinovská’s animal narrators. The corporeality of these figures is sometimes suppressed, but they show strong traces of humanity and the vulnerability of the heart, such as different glimpses, imprints, shells of our lives, which are endlessly repeated in a spiral of eternity, where people often become mere puppets of their destiny.


Markéta Hlinovská graduated from the Graphics Studio (Graphics I) I led by Jiří Lindovský, the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her artwork is characterized by her interest in transforming the real world into content abbreviations and simplified forms of expression. She usually works with drawing and templates.


Veronika Holcová also graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She studied in the studios of Jitka Svobodová, Bedřich Dlouhý, Vladimír Skrepl and Vladimír Kokolia. Her artwork is built on the blending of figurative and landscape motifs. Her latest artwork is marked by her long stay in Ottawa, where she drew inspiration from Canadian nature.


Lenka Sýkorová

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