Jan Kaláb
(Czech Republic, b.1978)

持續走在一條非傳統的藝術家之路的捷克塗鴉界先驅 Jan Kalab,畢業於布拉格 藝術學院(Academy of Fine Arts in Prague)。他的幾何塗鴉壁畫可見於紐約、 布拉格、倫敦、波哥大等城市。Kalab 以點出發,發展幾何圓形形變,以及 3D 塗鴉立體雕塑,從街頭到畫布,塗鴉的概念走入極簡純白的藝廊空間,擦出迷幻 的火花,他擁有在抽象藝術與街頭創作的雙重語彙,創造出充滿能量的抽象作品。 2010 年代表捷克在上海世界博覽會捷克館展出,於歐美有豐富展出經驗,作品 收藏於法國精品 DIOR 德國旗艦店、及眾多名人及私人收藏。

2014 CHILDREN OF KUPKA  City Hall Putaux France

2015-2016  TENSION BC GALLERY BERLIN

2010 EXPO Pavilion of Czech Republic Shanghai, China

2011 DE DENTRO E DE FORAMuseu de Arte de São PauloSão Paulo, Brazil   

Dior VIP Lounge, Berlin 

Private collection 

故事從街頭開始說起,封閉的政治社會時代不曾阻擋 Jan Kalab 對藝術的好奇 之心,最早以塗鴉創作者 Cakes 聞名, 在家鄉的街頭留下他的實驗足跡,而後 到紐約以 Point 為名闖蕩,在街道及地鐵、火車列車塗鴉創作。之後轉向純藝 術的畫布上,繼續追求風格的探索,並於 2006 年畢業於布拉格藝術學院。Kalab 的作品是他在「玩」色彩的實驗手段,也試圖讓畫面產生視覺上的愉悅感,並期 待讓觀者感受到快樂。對 Kalab 而言,從單純符號到踏入抽象領域,意謂著他 可以將藝術的主題凝聚在世界哲學中許許多多宏觀及微觀的角度上,並展現在 圓形的畫面中。因為「圓」的概念存在於自然當中,從星球的陰晴圓缺,亦是無 限的多邊形或是無限幾何,正因世界上沒有完美無缺的圓,所以 Kalab 創作了 許多圓的變形、具多種層次的圓,並表現了抽象畫色彩純粹的包容性及無限可能。

回顧 1970-1980 年代的紐約塗鴉藝術(Graffiti)以都市及街頭為舞台,而後迅速 流行到歐洲及國際,視覺上具備強烈的符號、連續圖騰或書寫文字。不似 1980 年代紐約傳奇藝術家 Jean-Michel Basquiat 直接將街頭藝術表現空降美術館 或藝廊,Kalab 的作品是從街頭藝術轉化到更精緻的抽象語言。曾經為知名的塗 鴉藝術家,他不再只專注在符號及造型上,度過由符號變形的裝置創作,再轉換 到抽象繪畫的領域,Kalab 從荷蘭風格派(De Stijl)得到靈感,取自過去 Theo vanDoseburg 曾倡導的藝術精神:利用基本的紅黃藍三原色及架構基本的高抽 象度造型來進行當代藝術。從 Jan Kalab 的作品,可以見得除了在畫布上,他 甚至再將自己的藝術帶回街道、融入壁畫,刻印在城市角落中。而在圓的世界, 他可以持續不斷探討畫面的深度、動態、改變、永恆邊界等讓人著迷、讓時間凍 結的漸變實驗。在漸變的圓形中,每一條成為極限的線、色彩緩緩溢出的邊緣,都讓視線、繪畫與雕塑的界線慢慢地模糊、融合了。

這次在Bluerider ART 的展覽「圓的進化」(Concentration),帶來 Jan Kalab 近五年來的作品,包含 Rainbow Circles 系列、Clouds 系列及 Organic Gradients 系列。藝術家一如往常使用特別訂製的有機形狀畫框及畫布作為繪畫 的範圍,並以圓形及球體作為主體形象,每件作品都可以被認為是圓形、點或是 圓,同時也是塗鴉書寫符號的其中一部分,如作品:Magnolia、 Sonoma 便打 造了寧靜的流體狀圓形漸層,讓人屏息以待;而 Clouds 則 是一系列的圓形畫, 以漸層的色階埋藏了不斷變化的彩色天空及景觀,展現難得 一見的魔幻時刻。 Rainbow Circles 系列,揭示 Kalab 大膽地將彩虹帶到街頭上,想像剛抵達一 座城市的藝術家,開始尋找合適的棲身地點,而整座城市就是他的畫布。Kalab 使用圓作為物質的容器,以漸變的顏色產生動態的錯覺 ── 彷彿溢出畫布的色 彩,沒有方向性地、自由地傾洩而出。這樣的歷程純粹而且「專 注」, 代表作 畫的過程中,藝術家必須投入的絕對心神,從塗鴉到繪畫的藝術之路並沒有什麼 不同,都是相當投入在創作的當下,專注同時,時間彷彿流動地特別緩慢,也帶 領觀者進入無限想像的世界。

Prize

2010 ART PRAGUE Young Award, Prize of UniCredit Bank at Art Prague artfair

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Stripped, BC Gallery, Basel, CH
2020 Solar, Rhodes Contemporary gallery, London, UK
2019 Atomic Bubble, MAGMA gallery, Bologna, IT
2019 Bent Horizons, Plastic Murs gallery, Valencia, SP
2019 Concentration, Bluerider ART gallery, Taipei, TW
2019 Shape & Tone, Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA
2018 Point of Space, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2018 The Soul of Graffiti, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, Florida, USA
2018 Perspective of Clouds, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2017 ZOOOM, Magma Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2016 Pluriforme, Openspace Gallery, Paris, France
2016 Pulso Cromático, Castanier Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2015 TENSION, BC Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 ODYSSEY, Lollipop Gallery, London, UK
2015 EXTRA, Villa Pellé, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 Getting Up, Partisan Creative Corner, Soest, Germany
2014 ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, Šmeralova 6, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, 103 Allen Street, New York, USA
2014 AROUND THE POINT, HIC Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 SALUT, H’art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2013 FROM POINT TO CIRCLE AND BACK, Oko Gallery, Opava, Czech Republic
2013 POINT / ALTERNATE PLAN(E)S, the Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2012 GOOD CHOICE, Czech Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 KALÁB 33 / PLANETS CROSSING, Trafačka, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 POINT SHOP, Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 New Rules, Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA
2020 Venit Occursum, Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, CN
2019 Shapes & Illusions, Danysz Gallery, Paris, FR
2019 Watch This Space, LAZinc gallery, London, UK
2019 Capture the Street, Oberhessisches Museum Giessen, Giessen, DE
2019 Letní salón, Galerie Kodl, Praha, CZ
2019 Get Out While You Can, Maddox Gallery, London
2019 CHROMA: Summer Group Exhibition, Rhodes, London
2019 GEOMETRIC HEAT: Marco Casentini, Jan Kalab, Adam Lucas, Daniel Rich, GR Gallery, New York
2019 Get Out While You Can, Maddox Gallery, Gstaad
2019 “Summer Reflection” Group Show, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami
2019 Praha-Berlin Barter, Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
2018 This Is Now, Wyn317, Miami
2018 A Matter of Form, MAGMA gallery, Bologna
2018 MAGMA presents, MAGMA gallery
2018 Grand Opening Group Exhibition, Mirus Gallery, Denver
2017 Urban Art Biennale, Völklinger Ironworks, Völkliner Germany
2017 PERCEPTUAL VERTIGO, Avantgarden Gallery, Milan, Italy
2017 NO MORE CREW, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
2017 ABSTRAKT FORUM, Forum Przestrzenie, Krakow, Poland
2017 AVANTARTE X UNITLONDON, the Unit London Gallery, London, UK
2016 POP-UP EXHIBITION, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA
2016 ZMRTVÝCHVSTÁNÍ, Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2016 MIMESIS, MAGMA Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2016 FRIENDS AND FAMILY, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016 HZGSJK, Goldenhands Gallery, Hamburg Germany
2016 TRANSBORDER, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2015 OpenART – art biennale, Orebro, Sweden
2015 Et Cetera, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome, Italy
2014 TRAFACKA – CLOSE, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 ARTMOSSPHERE – 1st streetart biennale, Moscow, Russia
2014 OUTSIDE / INSIDE, Tabla Rasa gallery, Brooklyn – New York, USA
2014 TRAFACKA / TEMPLE OF FREEDOM, Red Gallery, London, UK
2014 CHILDREN OF KUPKA, City Hall Putaux, Putaux, France
2013 ET CETERA, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Prague, Czech Republic
2012 STUCK ON THE CITY, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2012 STREET SMART, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 THREE FROM TRAFACKA, Gallery of Modern Art, Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic
2011 DE DENTRO E DE FORA, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011 BOUTIQUE, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 1st BIENNAL DE GRAFFITI FINE ART, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010 METROPOLIS, Pavilion of Czech Republic, EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China
2009 STORAGE, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2009 60 DETAILS project, Moscow, Russia
2009 WE BELIEVE IN CRISIS, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 NAMES, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 CITY’S CELEBRITIES, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2008 FACES AND LACES, Moscow, Russia
2007 5+kk, Trafo gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2007 PLANET PROZESS, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin, Germany
2007 SPACE FOR INTUITION, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 TRAFACKA – OPEN, Trafacka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 ART BEAT, BG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005 CITY OF NAMES, Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2004 OBJECTIVITY, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, UK
2004 EVERWANTING STREETS, Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden
2003 BACK JUMPS (the Live issue), Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2003 GENESIS, Ten 15, San Francisco, USA
2003 DA PAINTAZ, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 3rd SHOW OF YOUNG ARTISTS, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic
2002 SUBCULTURE, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 FRESH MEAT, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2001 FRAGMENTS 4, Mánes gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

藝術對談: Elsa Wang v.s. Jan Kaláb

Jan Kaláb Concentration 7.13 – 8.31, 2019

Jan Kaláb- Point and Cakes

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