Exhibition Dates: September 7th – October 6th, 2018
Opening: Friday, September 7th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00AM – 5:30PM
Cindy Lisica Gallery is pleased to host Petra Nováková Ondreičková’s captivating and boundary-crossing exhibition, Biotope. Much like a habitat provides a living place for a population, a biotope hosts a specific assemblage of plants and animals. The artist makes reference to each artwork becoming its own metaphorical community. The relationship with objects and the room itself serves to add dimension to each piece. Petra’s methods and process also consider the concepts of time and serendipity, and often her previously shown materials transform into new pieces after they become “mentally outlived”, reappearing as new ideas and forms. Her work goes beyond the traditional scope of drawing and painting and creates 3-dimensional collages the artist refers to as “knife drawings” or “spatial images”. The act of cutting into the materials constitutes a decision. It creates openings and shapes the material that remains after each intervention. The artwork eliminates hierarchies between negative and positive space by utilizing light and shadow as well as the physicality of the object. Each piece in Biotope is complex in its design and execution and entices the viewer to ponder the environment with enjoyment and curiosity.Petra Nováková Ondreičková (1968, Bratislava, Slovakia) has participated in exhibitions in Bratislava, and in Prague, Czech Republic, where she currently lives. She was included in seminal exhibitions Germination Europe 8 and the VeniceBiennale in 1999. She has had major institutional shows at the Slovak National Gallery, the Grand Prix in Bratislava, The Factory Art Project in Berlin and London and the International Biennal of Drawing in Pilsen (Czech Republic). The artist has two simultaneous U.S. exhibitions opening in September 2018 in Houston and in Washington D.C.