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Vladimír Houdek

Brief info

At first glance, Houdek’s paintings resemble geometric ornaments. One sees circles, rectangles, ellipses, diamonds and folds that come together in ever-new surprising combinations. At the beginning of his work around 2012, the artist referred to certain prototypes that one encounters in the classics of modern art like Malevich, Kupka or Mondrian. Increasingly, ‘real-life’ objects such as loops, opened accordion books, shelves, and similar forms appeared which lend the flat pictures a spatial, three-dimensional effect. These objects then no longer appear as abstract figures but rather as ‘surreal’ objects floating in the space. The many air wheels and rotating discs also figure in a similar way in Houdek’s paintings. They recall shells, rotors of turbines or strange airplanes. Others, by contrast, are reminiscent of open books or registers. Houdek works with classical oil and acrylic painting, combining these two techniques and combining them with collages.

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