DSC Gallery

Milan Houser | Heavy Metals

16/12/2019 - 15/02/2020

Milan Houser is a solitaire in his work, which is characterized mainly by the search for new conditions of material of painting. Houser’s interest in light is undoubtedly important for color pigments and other admixtures. As the curator of the exhibition Vladimír Beskid, with whom Milan Houser has collaborated on several exhibitions, states: “The physical and chemical nature of the artist’s work is far from the usual materiality and technologies used in painting. The “behavior” of the substances and admixtures he uses has something aggressive in them: the paintings are created by dissolution, volatility, toxicity, etching, dustiness of ground metals – pigments. The paintings thus have the physical and chemical properties we fear and whose danger is reinforced by the awareness of the environmental crisis.”

Radical color reduction brings a new look to Houser’s latest series of work. As Milan Houser himself points out: “In this case, I play with the principle of chance, which is typical to me, and more important than ever. Sedimentation and the reaction of metal with varnish itself subdues the final form of the painting.” However, he is not a silent observer, but a creator of new technological processes and a “researcher” who experiments with the possibilities and limits of contemporary painting.

In addition, according to Houser, we find ourselves in the Copper Age again and experience the revival of the prehistoric period – the Eneolithic. By using these metals it points to the ecological aspect of today’s world. In the mining and processing of these precious metals, incredible energy is spent, which he tries to transfer in the form of nanoparticles into an art object, thereby materializing and preserving it. Thus, we can imagine storage cells or batteries under the surface of the paintings in which the energy source of our company is preserved. It also supports the visual component of the site-specific installation, into which light sources flow, targeting specific artifacts and colored foil resembling a lacquer-based filter of a Houser’s paintings.

Curated by: Vladimír Beskid