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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
RAVINES AND GARDENS
Galerie Petr Novotný / Praha

05.10.2022 - 05.11.2022


Miloš Šejn asks the question "How to build a picture" in the title of the RAVINES AND GARDENS exhibition. Actually, he doesn't. A question mark is missing after the sentence. It is more of a balance statement, with which the author looks back in time from the position of today's experiences as a conceptual artist. It is an expression of a certain point of view and a position of consciousness, which itself remains in motion. The exhibition at the Petr Novotný Gallery in Prague presents a set of early, almost unknown Šejn paintings emerging from a closed time of the past, which unifies the theme of the landscape. In addition to their own painterly qualities, the works also represent a sense of finding an adequate expression for something that goes behind the scenes of a static painterly illusion, the atmosphere of a phenomenon, somewhere deeper below the surface of sensory experience, below the surface of phenomena, or better said inside their constitution.

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Ravine, 1978, oil on canvas, 100 x 86.5 cm

If we state that the unifying theme here is the landscape, not that it is directly "landscape creation", we do so deliberately. The interest in the landscape, the landscape section, is predicated on Šejn's fascination with a more general and deeply situated theme, which grounds his work from the very beginning (the amalgam of the author's education intertwining art theory and practice speaks clearly). The already frequent alternation of the constructive construction of a pictorial composition rewriting the "shape" of a place with an intuitive, often elemental layering of colors that resonate with the essential nature of the "present situation" speaks of the searching temperament of the painter, who is much more concerned with unfolding a complex experience than with specifying his own pictorial poetics. The morphology that arises here oscillates between presence in the description of the place and emancipation from specific geographical coordinates, often moving away from the convention of the viewer's frontal view in order to glimpse (understand the morphology) the place as a kind of "inner situation" that does not need an orienting horizon, since itself becomes a centripetal particular phenomenon. The image as an entry code to a situation in which the most essential question is the presence of the subject in the constellation of a specific space-time, or more precisely the position of the subject within the constellation, which is an integral part because it co-creates it.

 Landscape / View from the Window, 1980/11/21, oil on wood, 36.5 x 51.3 cm

The transparent (hidden but at the same time observable) principle of Šejn's landscape paintings is the "touch of place". It initially takes place here in the distance plane. The painter paints on canvas or board, the landscape remains not only in front of him, but rather, as he states, "around" him. Descriptive compositions gradually turn into unique shaping processes that analogically present the creative movement of nature itself, or are connected to it in various ways. The painterly illusion is replaced by the materialization of change (metamorphosis). In itself, it becomes a transformational event, in which the colors remind one's own natural processes (climatic, geological, vegetation, vegetative, etc.). As the landscape horizon is overcome, a sense of the cyclical rhythm of time and action emerges. The sense of "time of creation" is gradually ritualized, because Miloš Šejn perceives time and with it space more and more as a constantly rearranging continuum, the movement of which is also the movement of the subject in its internal structure. Just as time is measured by a clock in the circular cycle of the day, and the clock itself becomes not only a symbol of this movement, but also the very time it measures. They merge with him. Similarly, Miloš Šejn's paintings gradually merge with the cyclic events inside the natural cycle. Images that are the expression of a fascinated subject aware of his own participation in a complex (meaning "cosmic") event.
The anthropocentric Enlightenment model of a world divided into one that is appropriated through knowledge in such a way as to be alienated later, and one that must still be known in order to complete the alienation, is transformed in Miloš Šejn's work. The author intuitively and with all subtlety dismantles binding developmental constructs not only in the field of art, but also in the process of cognition. It rehabilitates the pathways of direct experience and re-raises questions of non-verbal grasping of the world, whose own language forms and systems suddenly return to discourse as something new, unexplored, deserving of our attention because they remove us from the hierarchy of superiority, but not responsibility, within the natural whole . Miloš Šejn's conceptual thinking reveals an emancipatory ritual character.
Ravines and gardens can be perceived metaphorically. As a plot axis given by hidden polarities: drama x calmness, danger x protection, expectation x clarity, spontaneity x organization, etc. Two typological subject lines that present the "open field" of relations between the subject and what not only surrounds him, but also "grows through "; what is inseparable and comprehensive within the ontological movement of human consciousness.
Miloš Šejn's artistic direction, as we can trace it back and structure it, is intrinsically connected with the process of self-awareness of one's own freedom, and in this context it is a constant search and discovery of Heidegger's "open field", in which only "open", "non-locking" can be realized with relation to space-time. The latter is then experienced in "attunement", only a certain participatory part of which can be characterized as an experience and the resulting “atmosphere".

 Zebín Hill, 1982, oil on canvas, 41.4 x 41.5 cm

In Miloš Šejn's work, including his exhibited paintings from the 1970s and 1980s, the magical interface of being that takes place in the hiddenness of a relationship, which is realized as an "open attitude" in an "open field" is touched upon and thereby revealed. The author approaches the work as a reflection of an open phenomenon (which is discovered and created at the same time through reflection), without the false ambition of total mastery of any language form, which would then alienate what seems to be the most essential. Every form chosen once and for all is the rape and denial of another (Carl Einstein). The ideal state seems to be expressive plurality in the logic of this thing, encircling, intertwining, but not interfering with the state of affairs. Non-interference with the manifest plan of freedom in various constellations, which are both centripetal and centrifugal towards the human being, who is thrown into this cyclically repeating wheel by his fateful assumptions (limited by time, space and vitality). The forms that Miloš Šejn chooses and uses are primarily forms that open the way for mutual understanding at different levels. They are "ravines and gardens" that we share metaphorically and practically together.

Petr Vaňous, Prague, October 2022

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