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aktualita MY WIFE/S SOUL16|11|2022 - 17|12|2022
Gelerie Petr Novotný

So close and yet she is far from all shades of words. Baby in arms. It is a landscape of traces that disappears into the distance only to wander back into our collective minds.
 
MY WIFE/S SOUL MY WIFE/S SOUL


16.11.2022 - 17.12.2022
Face for SU–EN Face for SU–EN


22.10.2022 - 22.10.2022
RAVINES AND GARDENS RAVINES AND GARDENS


05.10.2022 - 05.11.2022
Valoch & Valoch / Archeology And Conceptual Art Valoch & Valoch / Archeology And Conceptual Art


30.09.2022 - 27.08.2023
Wege in die Abstraktion im Dreiländereck Wege in die Abstraktion im Dreiländereck


02.07.2022 - 25.09.2022
AQVA AQVA


15.04.2022 - 04.09.2022
KINETISMUS: 100 Years of Electricity in Art KINETISMUS: 100 Years of Electricity in Art


22.02.2022 - 29.08.2022
EMERGENCY EXIT EMERGENCY EXIT


03.12.2021 - 11.09.2022
MAN IN THE CAVE MAN IN THE CAVE


24.11.2021 - 06.02.2022
ÍHMNÍ ÍHMNÍ


30.09.2021 - 28.11.2021
SEMI-OPEN SEMI-OPEN


29.09.2021 - 28.11.2021
Prague Biennale 2021 / Re-connect Art Prague Biennale 2021 / Re-connect Art


03.09.2021 - 07.09.2021
Zdzisław Jurkiewicz. Occurrences Zdzisław Jurkiewicz. Occurrences


25.06.2021 - 21.10.2021
Art Safari 36: TOGETHER Art Safari 36: TOGETHER


05.06.2021 - 11.06.2021
ART, MELANCHOLY AND LAUGH FACES IN THE FACE OF ABSURDITY ART, MELANCHOLY AND LAUGH FACES IN THE FACE OF ABSURDITY


22.05.2021 - 03.10.2021
KRAJINA + / LANDSCAPE + KRAJINA + / LANDSCAPE +


14.05.2021 - 25.07.2021
WATER WATER


18.12.2020 - 06.06.2021
ATLAS NEW CONSTELLATIONS ATLAS NEW CONSTELLATIONS


05.12.2020 - 30.05.2021
FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS


27.11.2020 - 01.10.2023
PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOUNTAINS PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOUNTAINS


27.10.2020 - 08.11.2020
Fotograph Festival #X UNEVEN GROUND Fotograph Festival #X UNEVEN GROUND


07.10.2020 - 07.11.2020
Í T H M N Í T H M N


29.09.2020 - 31.01.2021
Table and Territory / Table et Territoire Table and Territory / Table et Territoire


26.09.2020 - 27.09.2020
Looking Into The Window Looking Into The Window


19.09.2020 - 31.12.2020
A Pilgrim Who Returns
 A Pilgrim Who Returns



15.09.2020 - 31.10.2020
Gočár Phenomenon Gočár Phenomenon


03.09.2020 - 31.10.2020
ART SAFARI 35 – HYDRANT ART SAFARI 35 – HYDRANT


27.06.2020 - 28.06.2020
24h PERFORMANCE 24h PERFORMANCE


14.06.2020 - 15.06.2020
Through the Landscape of K. H. Mácha Through the Landscape of K. H. Mácha


04.06.2020 - 06.09.2020
NMHTÍ NMHTÍ


12.05.2020 - 24.06.2020
IDENTITY IDENTITY


23.03.2020 - 31.12.2021
Homeplace & Kunka Phenomenon Homeplace & Kunka Phenomenon


04.03.2020 - 31.07.2020
↗ ASCENT ↙ DESCENT / performance art event ↗ ASCENT ↙ DESCENT / performance art event


23.02.2020 - 23.02.2020
Parallel cinema / Stream, Tree and Stone Parallel cinema / Stream, Tree and Stone


03.02.2020 - 04.02.2020
Ji.hlava Ji.hlava


24.10.2019 - 29.10.2019
TRA DUE MONDI TRA DUE MONDI


16.10.2019 - 16.10.2019
Pilgrims, Refugees, Hermits Pilgrims, Refugees, Hermits


11.09.2019 - 28.10.2019
The Naked Forms Festival (FNAF) The Naked Forms Festival (FNAF)


06.09.2019 - 08.09.2019
Sounds / Codes / Images - Audio Experimentation in the Visual Arts Sounds / Codes / Images - Audio Experimentation in the Visual Arts


06.06.2019 - 10.10.2019
rivers, streams, puddles rivers, streams, puddles


04.06.2019 - 24.06.2019
IL SORRISO DEL LEONE / VENICE TELEPATHIC BODIES IL SORRISO DEL LEONE / VENICE TELEPATHIC BODIES


01.06.2019 - 24.11.2019
Performance Crossings 2019 Performance Crossings 2019


15.05.2019 - 18.05.2019
THEATRUM MUNDI III THEATRUM MUNDI III


27.04.2019 - 27.04.2019
Early Manifestations of Action Art in East Bohemia Early Manifestations of Action Art in East Bohemia


26.04.2019 - 16.06.2019
AQVA MUO AQVA MUO


26.04.2019 - 28.05.2019
Yellow Rose Fragrance Yellow Rose Fragrance


27.03.2019 - 16.06.2019
WÄRMFLASCHE WÄRMFLASCHE


14.12.2018 - 15.12.2018
ART SPACE ECOLOGY ART SPACE ECOLOGY


15.10.2018 - 31.12.2020
Architecture and Senses Architecture and Senses


12.10.2018 - 14.10.2018
THEATRUM MUNDI II THEATRUM MUNDI II


22.09.2018 - 22.09.2018
OPERA CORCONTICA OPERA CORCONTICA


04.09.2018 - 09.10.2018
PRAGUE WILDERNESS – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL PRAGUE 2018 PRAGUE WILDERNESS – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL PRAGUE 2018


21.06.2018 - 30.09.2018
Energy of the initial line – gesture, rhythm, movement in contemporary Czech art Energy of the initial line – gesture, rhythm, movement in contemporary Czech art


01.03.2018 - 28.05.2018
IMAGE / BODY / SOUND IMAGE / BODY / SOUND


27.11.2017 - 27.11.2020
EVERY WANDERING ENDS IN THE BEGINNING EVERY WANDERING ENDS IN THE BEGINNING


13.11.2017 - 13.11.2017
(Post)Land Art and the Anthropocene (Post)Land Art and the Anthropocene


06.11.2017 - 06.11.2017
CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 70s CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 70s


11.10.2017 - 13.01.2018
SONIC SOLAR MOUNTAIN SONIC SOLAR MOUNTAIN


26.08.2017 - 26.08.2017
Bohemiae Rosa Bohemiae Rosa


25.08.2017 - 31.08.2017
HOW TO EXPLAIN IMAGES TO AN INVISIBLE INTERSPACE HOW TO EXPLAIN IMAGES TO AN INVISIBLE INTERSPACE


02.08.2017 - 10.08.2017
LAPSody 2017 – The Bubble LAPSody 2017 – The Bubble


24.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH


21.04.2017 - 29.05.2017
LIQUID ROOMS / THE LABYRINTH LIQUID ROOMS / THE LABYRINTH


10.02.2017 - 28.02.2017
LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE


20.12.2016 - 12.02.2017
The Landscape, Art and Photography | Contemporary Artworks in the Landscape The Landscape, Art and Photography | Contemporary Artworks in the Landscape


01.11.2016 - 12.01.2017
Branches | Nature art – variations Branches | Nature art – variations


26.07.2016 - 16.10.2016
AGARA / Hommage à la Peinture AGARA / Hommage à la Peinture


04.04.2016 - 31.05.2016
SPEECH MELODIES SPEECH MELODIES


19.11.2015 - 08.01.2016
SELÉNÉ  / BECOMING A LUNAR FACE TELEPATHICALLY SELÉNÉ / BECOMING A LUNAR FACE TELEPATHICALLY


28.09.2015 - 28.09.2015
FACIALITY FACIALITY


05.09.2015 - 05.09.2015
SOLAR MOUNTAIN SOLAR MOUNTAIN


20.09.2014 - 09.09.9999
MICHALEK / ŠEIN MICHALEK / ŠEIN


27.11.2013 - 12.01.2014
IL SORRISO DEL LEONE IL SORRISO DEL LEONE


01.06.2013 - 24.11.2013
FACIALITY / Space of the Memory and an Immediate Space FACIALITY / Space of the Memory and an Immediate Space


23.10.2012 - 24.10.2012
Faces / Face as the phenomenon in videoart Faces / Face as the phenomenon in videoart


20.06.2012 - 16.09.2012
ARCHIVES & CABINETS ARCHIVES & CABINETS


14.06.2012 - 02.09.2012
The Written Face for SU-EN The Written Face for SU-EN


28.01.2012 - 28.01.2012
Finally Together Finally Together


07.09.2011 - 14.10.2011
B/L – Dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus B/L – Dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus


15.06.2010 - 29.08.2010
BEING LANDSCAPE BEING LANDSCAPE


25.03.2010 - 06.06.2010
Gardening Gardening


10.03.2009 - 13.03.2009
Cartusiae Waldiczensis Cartusiae Waldiczensis


29.11.2008 - 01.03.2009
LANDSCAPE UNDER TOTALITARIAN LANDSCAPE UNDER TOTALITARIAN


16.09.2008 - 30.11.2008
MY WIFE/S SOUL
Gelerie Petr Novotný

16.11.2022 - 17.12.2022


Miloš Šejn is a professor of painting and a conceptual artist. Therefore, it is good to follow the specific starting points of his work in order to understand the author's unique sense of "presence in the situation", which emerges in his work as a reviving and eternally returning leitmotif. And also as a subset of relations.

Vera: The image of the author's wife presents a paradox of closeness that cannot be adequately named. The language of reflection, whatever it may be, remains in the vestibules of complex experience. It cannot be captured as a whole (experience), because it is difficult to maintain the immortality of the present moment other than as a reference back to something that emerges from the memory in the form of an imprint, a trace or a chain of them. The language of "naming", which wants to approach the named, as if it were stopped at the threshold of the Substantial. So he has to take the free path of analogy. After ecstasy, emotion, ecstasy, after all manifestations of relationship, feeling, love, intimacy, traces remain (analogy of shapes and colors). We only owe them the possibility of a kind of reconstruction or deconstruction of the experience in the extended field of time.

Věra and Miloš before the opening of the exhibition Photographs / Drawings / Books in the House of Gentlemens from Kunštát, Brno, April 8, 1986, photo Bohdan Holomíček

However, even traces that persist over a longer period of time gradually weaken, disappear, disappear. It is necessary to hide them in appropriate "vessels" in time. These are constellations of shapes and colors (images). These constellations can be close in their analogy to musical scores, as they abstract away from a concrete feeling and emotion towards an affectation of something timeless that pervades, as a symbol, memory. - Man by nature wants to be an intentional being. He does everything for it.

catalogue / Vera, 1980, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm

The creature is heading. It has a pilgrim character (like HOMO VIATOR: "a man who travels on (his) very narrow path; it is a path along a ridge between chasms"). He creates and acquires language systems by which he strives to understand the symbols and signs he receives. He himself not only preserves them, but also revives and updates them with his activities. It is nothing more than trying to understand each other in areas beyond the boundaries of one's own subject. This is the only way to share something in common and understand other subjects in what we call a relationship. A relationship cannot be inherently static, as it is constantly changing over time. - Vera is a first name. A name that speaks in associations through painterly constellations. We see something, we suspect something. We form a concept of a relationship from the outside, which is not ours, but which is a metaphor for all relationships, including ours, which we know intimately. Šejn's paintings of Věra are attempts to totalize something that naturally defies unequivocal fixation and painterly stopping. That is why Miloš Šejn chooses forms of avant-garde modernism (70s and 80s) which, on their way to visualization (a method of approaching the illusion of the whole by assembling and disassembling selected components), purposefully reduce and compress figuration in order to "forever" present what is apparently the most essential of of what naturally disappears and escapes. The figure becomes a constellation of shapes and colors that construct or dismantle the totality of the sign in its symbolic ambiguity. The first name (Vera) humanizes these "monuments". It becomes the axis of the narrative (the title of the exhibition is already telling). On a certain level, the images are inserted into the collectivity of the shared language and at the same time are kept in the area of ​​the author's private memory sphere. Just as Picasso was looking for a construction for the prototype of the beloved woman, he also updated the symbol of the Madonna when he placed the child in her arms. The dialectical tension between the general and the personal (if not even the intimate!) creates a space for sharing the presence in the stopped forms of a static image, which in the case of Miloš Šejn is always rather a "stopped" process of finding a unique expression on the way to what has been lost in time , but is given a chance to loop back in the memory plane.

 Vera I, 31/01/1981, oil on canvas, 95.5 x 75.3 cm

A child in arms: ..may seem at first glance to be the prototype of a character. We find ourselves inside the logic of modernism. Language turns into a constructed universe of messages. A child can be a socially confiscated model, a symbol of the vanguard, the avant-garde. A being heralding a new development horizon. But a child is also a symbol of a fulfilled relationship. An intimate place of higher meeting. In the paintings of Miloš Šejn, an important element of the constellation is a latent reference to the thematization of the relationship. It is set here against the coldness of depersonalized, collectivist modernity. It is a specific relationship. Relationship with Faith. With a name that, despite all linguistic generalizations, speaks in the hiddenness of associations. In combined associations, which are divided into personal and general. Modernism appears here as a derivative of adding and subtracting to a subset of the personal and personified. Let's not forget that Miloš Šejno's sought-after position is in the "presence of the situation". But this cannot be found in the view of a static object, but in the process of finding a suitable constellation. And here the objects begin to fade into their surrounding frame. Even before the images of the figures, we find ourselves again in the metaphor of landscapes, full of tracks and prints.

 Woman with Child, 15/11/1981, oil on canvas, 96.5 x 70.5 cm

Landscape of Footsteps: Painting is a static medium. Movement is given by chaining points. The apparent whole is the illusion of a moving image. It's the same with memory. The "Land of Footsteps", moving away to return, is a perfect metaphor for memory. The language of modernism here serves memory with its sense of composition. Image as composition. A composition conceptually oscillating between painting and music. Here, Miloš Šejn finds an intermediate space of ambiguity that is so important to him, which on the one hand humanizes the concept in a painterly way, and on the other hand conceptualizes the painting. Closeness recedes to return forever. To return as a symbol.

Petr Vaňous, Prague, November 2022 

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