DSC Gallery

Vaclav Cigler a Michal Motyčka | GLASS

03/09/2019 - 09/09/2019

Václav Cigler and Michal Motyčka have prepared an installation simply titled Glass in DSC Gallery, which presents their joint thinking on many levels, from the sensory experience of the perception of a given space to the understanding of implicit symbolic meanings and optical changes of glass sculptures in a gallery environment. Using the words of Václav Cigler: „Glass is a magical, and in some sense spiritual, material. Optical glass, which I have been working with since the late 1950s, is a material that has been developed for technical and scientif ic purposes. Working with it, one can discover the secrets of the micro and macro world and see a world that is different from the world one sees with the naked eye. The optical properties of glass are therefore artistic and aesthetic means for me with the help of which I can introduce to the viewer a world featuring new shapes, lights and colours.“

The exhibited works are transparent objects, elementary forms of prisms and cylinders made of optical glass. They create sensory and architectural relationships using compositions based on element sorting, change of horizon perception, and the gate composition principle. The horizon defined by the onlooker‘s view changes with the change of prism bevel angles. Close to the gate, the edges of two slanting blocks converge to the centre and form a narrow slot. Light transforms the shapes of objects, radiates and distorts their exact forms. Through the installation, the authors attempt to change the perception of space by the viewer. In his artistic work, Václav Cigler has been working on glass sculptures since the late 1950s, as the first artist he discovered the potential of optical glass developed for technical and scientific purposes and began using it for the creation of works of art. He was selected to participate in major international exhibitions (1959 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, USA, 1957 and 1960 at the 11th and 12th Triennial in Milan, Expo 58 in Brussels, 1964 at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts of the American Craftsmen‘s Council in New York) and at the Expo 67 in Montreal, where his prism sculpture was for the first time awarded an international recognition.

Curator: Jana Šindelová