Exhibitions

11/12 – 14/02/2014
11 Jiří Příhoda: Cells I, III

The Křehký gallery exhibited two conceptual works on the cusp between architecture, art and design by Jiří Příhoda, an outstanding Czech artist and winner of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award (1997) who currently resides in Texas. The Cell I (Světlucha) won much acclaim at Designblok 2013 in Superstudio Nákladové nádraží Žižkov. Many prestigious media outlets (Domus, Designboom, A10 and others) regarded this concept of an improvised dwelling or a meditation cell which can be placed in an open space or a forest very highly. Famous French designer Matali Crasset considered Světlucha the best installation at Designblok and Jiří Příhoda was nominated for the main Editors-in-Chief Award. The Cell III – stars observatory entitled Chladné světlo (Cool Light) was designed exclusively for the Křehký gallery. Even though the exhibition is over, visitors to the gallery still have an opportunity to see and purchase the Cell III. The gallery will also provide custom-made meditation cells, studies and observatories for specific spaces.


Jiří Příhoda: The third of my Cells (with the impressionist subtitle “Cool Light”) tests the new Cell concept (a cell for contemplation, separation from the surrounding world, and being off-line) as an object-interior inserted into a larger interior. I was inspired by the beautiful skylights in the Křehký gallery and the possibility of clinging to it, locking onto it, and wedging in between the ceiling and the supporting double cantering. The big window leading to the larger interior surrounding the Cell represents a new and significant element. I would like to shift the “Cell for Contemplation” into the sphere of a real cell in which we are locked and our “correction” is “supervised” by visitors to the gallery. On the other hand, I was interested in transforming the skylight as a source of daylight into a high vertical window with the same dimensions as the skylight through the pure white interior that is “isolated” from its surrounding interior.
Like all previous versions, this Cell has only one interior accessory – a desk. Made from Corralit, the latest version serves as the only interior source of light after sunset. The luminescent Corralit with its opalescent glow will be replaced with the glow of the table top – computer – display of the same shape and dimensions in a few years. The entrance to this Cell is extreme indeed – it is a burrow which somebody must close behind us, making us “prisoners” to a certain degree.

www.jiriprihoda.cz
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