Patrik Proško

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2019

Grow-through, Museum of Arts and Design, Benešov, Czech Republic

2019

Intermundia, permanent exhibition in Illusion Art Museum Prague

2018

Intermundia, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand

2018

Na hraně reality, Illusion Art Museum Prague

2016

Scene of the Act, UFFO Gallery, Trutnov, Czech Republic

2000

My World and Others, Na Půdě Gallery, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

2000

Transsexuality, installation, public restroom at the Prague Castle, project Prague – European Capital of Culture 2000

1999

Teaspace, Dobrá Čajovna tearoom, Prague

Group Exhibitions

2017

Senden, Kotelna Gallery, Řičany u Prahy, Czech Republic

2016

From Utopia to Reality, Chodov Fortress, Prague,
commemorative exhibition to the 40th anniversary of the establishment of South City

2015

Sculpture and Space, Pod Točnou Gallery, Kolín

2015

Representation of Decomposition, ARTATAK Gallery, Prague

2014

Representation of Good, Trafo Gallery, Prague

2014

Mavericks, NoD Gallery, Prague

2014

Phenomenon B!, Aleš South Bohemian Gallery in Bechyně, Czech Republic,
an exhibition to the 130th anniversary of the Secondary Art School in Bechyně

2013

Representation, Bernard Bolzano Gallery, Pacov, Czech Republic

1999

Barock Reflection, Artschool, Ohio, USA

1999

Meeting, Café U Mravence, Prague

1998

Door no. 44, Roztoky Castle, Czech Republic

1998

Cacophony, audio-visual performance, Prague

1997

Heaven-realization, audio-visual performance, Prague

1995

Exhibition of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP), Sýpka Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

1995

This Year, Gallery of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

1993

Objects, Vlašim Castle

Education

1996-2000

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP), degree in Sculpture, prof. Vratislav Karel Novák

1994-1995

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP), degree in Ceramics and Porcelain, prof. Václav Šerák

1994

Václav Hollar Art School, Prague, degree in Design

1989-1993

Secondary Art School in Bechyně, Czech Republic, Artistic Work with Ceramics and Porcelain

The core principle of Patrik Proško’s work lies in the manipulation of lived reality, most often through a specific method of optical illusion and a variety of artistic devices, with the ability to transform the common world of everyday habitual perceptions into a magical space full of changes and unexpected occurrences. The origins of such thinking are already present in Proško’s fascination with hyperrealism. The artistic effect produced by hyperrealistic sculptures is not merely the result of their extreme precision, but also of the unexpected change in relation to the context of surrounding reality. Sometimes it is through the simulation of an unexpected environment, at other times of a shift in time. His site-specific works in public space also follow up on this principle. They are based on interventions into “the usual”, making visible a “parallel” reality and relating to our everyday lives along with the existential feelings that arise from within. In this way, Patrik Proško tries to change our way of perceiving reality. His interventions into landscape are typical for their careful selection of location, in/dependence on the viewer, and temporariness, but their nonetheless important aspect is also a search for one’s limits, one’s own place in life, and one’s own personal qualities, with the knowledge that transience is the only default value of human life and all being. One of the key motives here are boundaries and their transgression in both subjective and territorial meaning. So far, Proško has created over 70 artistic projects in the territories of 24 states in which he continues to balance on the edge of reality. From its mystifying thematization in the hyperrealistic works and illusionary anamorphous projections he has moved on to working with reality itself, treating it as his painting canvas or sculpting material. Visual art itself has moved into the centre of his attention as both the main topic of reflection, as well as a “method” for life. His usage of classical, but nonetheless “liberated”, artistic techniques is an example of that. By no coincidence does he also speak about some of his interventions into landscape as landscape paintings, or about others as sculptures, although they have been made by paint. A similar case is his method of documentation in which he intentionally photographs his temporary realizations in landscape, made by bio-degradable paint, “as if they were a painting or an image”. His work does not lack broader context referencing to the history of art either, be it the German romantics or the evangelizer of art brut, Jean Dubuffet.

Radek Wohlmuth

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