UFOs & River Flows

author: Svetlana Fialová
curator: Michal Stolárik
5 November – 28 November 2014

The exhibition is a result of her Ph.D. studies, while it primarily shows artworks made during her stay in London. In her work, Svetlana Fialová continually develops drawing as a medium, while she pushes its customary boundaries and confutes speculations about its exhaustibility. Fialová´s own life and stories from her surroundings come to the thematic foreground. Compositionally multilayered works which are full of specific iconography and immanent metaphors are shrouded in mystery with a strong psychological profile. In her latest works she is not fixed to depicts true images of reality but she is experimenting with visual errors and image distortions. Perspective „errors“ have been already known from history of fine arts but they are especially characteristic for the current visual culture. What a designer can do with a few „clicks“ in a graphic program, Fialová draws with Indian ink on a paper. She takes formal features of national and world history of fine arts and blends them with contemporary trends. This results into captivating visual expression with more or less difficult motifs and themes. Works of Svetlana Fialová act like a reminiscence of „ghosts“ of past or full moon dreams, which comes to life again and again and ag…

Svetlana Fialová (1985) lives and works in London. She studied at Faculty of Fine Arts in Košice (studio of Rudolf Sikora), Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (studio of Vladimír Skrepl) and she is finishing Ph.D. studies at Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (studio of Daniel Fischer). She was a finalist of the Painting of the Year Award (2011), nominee for the Essl Art Award CEE (2011), finalist of the Art Critics Award of Young Painting in Prague (2011) and she became a winner of prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013 in London. She had solo exhibitions in Paris, Budapest and Vienna and she was a participant at collective projects in London, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava and National Gallery in Prague.