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Ivana SRÁMKOVÁ | Figure - Robot

Czechoslovakia 1960
Figure - Robot 2004
cast glass
188.5 (h) x 37.5 (w) x 30.0 (d) cm
Lent by Ivana Sramkova, courtesy Heller Gallery

Ungainly and raw from its cast, Figure – robot presents itself as a translucent reassembly of components, combining elements of folk art imagery and the figurative tradition with the visionary spirit of Czech Cubism of the 1920s. The country’s advanced industrial development of that period, and its post-totalitarian reanimation from the early 1990s, is evoked by Ivana Šrámková through her use of glass as a mediator of rationality, lightness, openness and space. A powerful density also resides in Šrámková’s work, linking it to the Czech Republic’s energetic post-1960 rejuvenation of its traditions of narrative glass. Like the crude automatons of early science-fiction films, this spindly figure stands unmoved by our presence, offering only its transparency to invite our interaction with it. Despite this insouciance, with its blood-like colour and material volatility the figure insinuates itself directly into the dimension of emotions.

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