Good news - glass and objects from the Czech Republic
Glass and spatial creation have a long tradition in the Czech Republic; as far as glass art is concerned, it is quite unique in the world context. Remarkable glass products have been produced in the Czech Republic since at least the 18th century; after the Second World War, however, there was a close connection between glassmaking and free art, when a number of self-nomic sculptural and spatial objects were created. These made use of different types and kinds of glass, as well as a number of glassworks, which allowed for often quite unusual artistic solutions. Even in modern times, this specific activity continues, as the exhibition Good News demonstrates. All three participating artists* work creatively with glass and see it as a distinctive art object, which they also like to combine with other materials. This creates a tension that, in addition to the accents of meaning, surprises the viewer in their expectations. Luba Bakičová treats glass as a dynamic mass, which just now has frozen in unfinished movement. Macků incorporates photography into the glass alongside beautiful shells. And Jiří David upsets the aesthetic parameters of glass with jarring interventions.