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Eduard Ovčáček

2021-08-23 - 2021-10-01

Eduard Ovčáček

Eduard Ovčáček belongs to the defining personalities of Czechoslovak fine art. At the turn of the sixties and sixties he belonged to the generation of younger artists at that time, who were aware of the interruption of the tradition of modern belief that it is necessary to establish interrupted contact with classical works of founding generations of modern art and world art. As a student at the Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts, he was one of the initiators of unofficial studio exhibitions. - Confrontations at which official then unpublished abstract works were presented.
At the same time, he established contacts with the protagonists of the pre-Confrontation in Prague, especially with Vladimír Boudník. In the first half of the 1960s, as a sculptor, graphic artist and collage artist, he was one of the pioneers of informals in Bratislava. Of course, as early as 1963, his unique interest in the use of writing in a work of art began to manifest itself, whether in the form of isolated characters or various sequences - this specific orientation made him the only dignified representative of letterism (otherwise dominant in the Paris School) in our country. He first formed the burnt-in structure of his wooden sculptures and equally unique burnt-in collages with graphemes, or extruded them into material graphic matrices. In the second half of the sixties, he also participated in the programming of the author's subject in the background, most often referred to in our country as "new sensitivity". Already after returning from Ostrava, he significantly participated in the activity of the Club of Concrete Artists, which represented their widest platform in our territory. Ovčáčková's uniqueness, of course, lay in the fact that he was able to connect this interest in a rational composition with the organization of graphemes, and so de Factory remained faithful to letteristic issues as well. His interest in graphics subsequently led to the fact that, just as he participated in the discovery of structural graphics in the first half of the 1960s, he was then one of the first to introduce the current screen printing into our artistic culture. It is fascinating that Eduard Ovčáček is able to find new forms of artistic appreciation of a font or a sign, while always connecting them with current technological solutions. It is no coincidence, then, that in the last decade he has used the same original possibilities of the computer, which allows him to create new, aesthetically pleasing operations with font textures. This monograph aims to demonstrate the unity of this artist's work with a constant emphasis on interest in writing or characters, in a variety of artistic approaches, from traditional to installations or events, mostly in conjunction with the uniqueness of paper as the medium used.

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