ARTIST PROFILE

Jan Valik

  • Slovakia (b. 1987 in Bratislava)
  • Currently in Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • Painter, draughtsman and performer, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague where he went through painting and conceptual media (photography, installation and video) to performance studies.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Statement (English)

My work explores a brushwork’s evocative connection to the sense and meaning of landscape painting.

Depiction (of physical landscape, etc.) is not considered as a objective in my work, rather it is an awareness of one’s own cognition in a pace of discovery out of the process of painting.

As a fusion of memory and senses and an art historical motive of sublime, that runs through ages and cultures, a basic idea of landscape always come back to my work.

Painting is both a place and an event.

I want to come closer to the feeling from a real world.

…and the real in its prime, a mental web, gathered through time and being. In other words it seems necessary to first penetrate certain layers of process, both metaphorically in consciousness and actual in the materiality of the work.

I am often struck by freshness of the landscape as if by surprise, as if I forget and suddenly I see it crystal clear. At these moments, which one is also easily able to attain as a contemplation, something awakens as a desire to breathe, move, live. A feeling that it has had been felt by so many people before us and may be felt by all those coming after us. I see evidence of such notions as these in many cultures’ art and paintings. Actually the most vital thread in art and will for creation for me lies precisely here. Throughout ages and across cultures I feel a need to articulate and work to reach and come through and expand in its actuality.

I observe and study painting in this sense of a parallel in the East and the West along diverse internal and external influences of its cultural origin.

Working in more-less abstract painting I became aware of vastness and infinity of a brush marks and ways how the work might be shaped to its form. I anchor this employing occasional, not explicit references from European painting as well as East Asian landscape tradition.

Finally, I want to deal and be capable of extracting and transmitting a thin and fluid border of sense, perceptible world and a vital ambiguity as felt in the solitude confronted by landscape.


Statement (Slovensky)

Maľbu vnímam a uvažujem v nej ako o toku absorbovaných vnemov a artikulácii. Zaujímajú ma subtílnejšie vzťahy pôsobiace v obraze v prepojení so zmyslom a významom krajiny. Zobrazenie (podobu fyzickej krajiny) nepovažujem za cieľ tvorby. Procesom maľby vznikajú súvislosti k vnímaniu. Pojem a téma krajiny sa pre moju tvorbu vzťahuje k prepojeniu pamäte a zmyslov sublimovaných v kontexte umeleckej histórie naprieč kultúrami i časom.

Chcem sa priblížiť pocitu z reálneho sveta, čo prvotne znamená preniknúť časom usadenými mentálnymi vrstvami. Metaforicky vo vnímaní i celkom materiálne procesom maľby.

Často ma zasiahne sviežosť krajiny, a prekvapivo, akoby som sa zo zabudnutia vynáral a náhle sa prejasnilo. Je to prepojené s pocitom z pohybu, dýchania, žitia. Tento pocit musel byť už nespočetne krát zažívaný inými pred nami a možno aj všetkými po nás. Dôkazom týchto pohnutí vidím v mnohých maľbách a záznamoch naprieč kultúrami a časmi. Presne v týchto momentoch pre mňa spočíva vitálne vlákno maľby a tvorby. Cítim v tom potrebu artikulovať, dosiahnuť a rozšíriť znovu a znovu tento stav prítomnosti.

V maľbe pozorujem a študujem túto paralelu na Západe i Východe s ďalšími vplyvmi a kultúrnymi okolnosťami svojho vzniku.

Vo viac-menej abstraktnej maľbe a jej procese si uvedomujem nekonečnosť možností a spôsobov záznamu, tvarujúcimi jej podobu. Občasnými a nejednoznačnými referenciami sa vzťahujem k európskej maľbe či maľbe východnej.

Chcem byť napokon schopný manuálne sprostredkovať túto tenkú a tekutú hranicu medzi zmyslami, vnímateľným svetom a ich vitálnou nejednoznačnosťou, ktorú je možné pociťovať v samotnej konfrontácii s krajinou.


BIOGRAPHY

Jan Valik (*1987, Bratislava, Slovakia) is in essence painter, draughtsman and performer, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague where he went through painting and conceptual media (photography, installation and video) to performance studies. He studiet at Conceptual School of Prof. Miloš Šejn and afterwards at Intermedia studio of Tomáš Vaňek. After graduating he participated on several international artist residencies including RIACE in India, Paris (France), Intanbul (Turkey) and Yokohama (Japan).

Ján Valík (*1987, Bratislava, Slovakia) je maliar, performer a kresliar. Absolvoval Akadémiu výtvarných umení v Prahe, kde prešiel od štúdia maľby cez konceptuálne tendencie (v médiách fotografie, videa, inštalácie) až k performancii. Na Akadémii študoval v Škole konceptuálnej tvorby Prof. Miloše Šejna a potom v ateliéri Intermédií Tomáše Vaňka. Po absolvovaní v roku 2012 sa zúčastnil na viacerých medzinárodných rezidenciách (India, Francúzsko, Turecko, Japonsko).


CV (English)

Solo exhibitions

2017 Plethora and a Quiet World, NICHE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Drawings, Hole to the world Art Cafe, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
2016 Fragile garden, NOV Art Space, Pardubice, Czech Republic
2015 Scent of outside, Atelier Sin, Telc, Czech Republic
2015 Situation, Galerie Pavilon, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 disJOINTED, Maumau Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Light has no colour, Stolen Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
2014 Invisible body, Pan-European University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2014 Inbetween Branching, Cit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 Et In Arcadia Ego, Cecilia!, Installation, Slovak Filharmony, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 Walkwell John, CC Centrum Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2011 Tempted / To linger (with V. Fucek and N. Ishikawa), AVU Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Selected group exhibitions

2017
L’art Slovaquie, Slovak Institute and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2016
“2016”, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Winter selection 5, Flatgallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Painting 2016, Nedbalka Gallery, Finalists exhibition, Bratislava, Slovakia
Open Studio, BankART Studio NYK AiR, Yokohama, Japan
Subtilities, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015
KRUH/CIRCLE, Festival of site-specific art, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
Painting of the year, finalists exhibition, Nedbalka Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Spital Art Festival, Jaromer, Czech Republic
Na hranici – Grenznah, Galerie Skolska, Prague, Czech Republic
Pop-up, Kargart, Istanbul, Turkey
2014
Cuckoo Festival, Site-specific art festival, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Young Art Show, House of Arts, Piestany, Slovakia
Spring studies, performative event in an orchard, Prague, Czech Republic
Arte Laguna Prize (Viktor Fuček and Ján Valík project), Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Drawing Box, Associazione Culturale Luci e Ombre, Bologna, Italy
Drawing Box, Sining Makiling Gallery in Laguna, Philippines
2013
Grenznah, Art symposium in Bavarian forests, Tummelplatz, Germany
Hotbed, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Drawing Box, Ranelagh arts centre, Dublin, Ireland
Open studio, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
Drawing Box: Mail Art Project, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Beyond That Place, (Petr Gruber, Jan Poupe, Jan Valik), Gallery AVU, Prague, Czech Republic
Anonymous Drawings, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Anonymous Drawings, Galerie Delikatessenhaus Leipzig, Germany
Anonymous Drawings, TAC Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Drawing Box: Mail Art Project, Sir J. J. School of Arts Gallery, Mumbai, India
2012
RIACE exhibition, Raghurajpur, Orissa, India
White shores, Site specific art festival, Bíle Břehy, Czech Republic
Diplomanti AVU, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Art Safari 23, Studio BUBEC, Prague, Czech Republic
First salon of painting, DOX Centre for contemporary art, Prague, Czech Republic
2011
EXIT Award 2011, Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Space-sitting, AXA in ACTION, Contemporary performative art, Prague, Czech Republic
Chapel, Interdisciplinary art festival, Libechov, Czech Republic
Best of College Photography 2011, Finalists exhibition, Santa Barbara, USA

Performances

2016
FoR mE iT’S tOO RAndOm, Konvikt / PAF Festival of Film Animation Olomouc, Czech Republic
Miltilab, Stoka C1,2 KC, Bratislava, Slovakia
Garden of Fragility, Art Space NOV, Pardubice, Czech Republic
Whispering spaces Alma excelsior, Amforman art event, Kromeriz, Czech Republic
Listening. Absorbing., Platform 1-12, Centre for contemporary culture, Topolcany, Slovakia
En Route, Koganecho Art Center, Yokohama, Japan
Listening, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan
Asemic study, Studio C1,2, Cvernovka, Bratislava, Slovakia
Thin Knot, Studio C1,2, Cvernovka, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015
Material, Solo performance, Studio C1,2, Bratislava, Slovakia
Nonsense poem, Butoh-Ma Centrum, Goettingen, Germany
After a year, Festival of site-specific art and performance, Josefov, Czech Republic
Scent of outside, Gallery performance, Atelier Síň, Telč, Czech Republic
Cemetery Outline improvisation, Theatre Oblast, Jewish Cemetery, Telč, Czech Republic
Seeds of Dance, Baroque Chapel of St. Anne, Nečtiny, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Residencies

2016 BankART Studios NYK, Yokohama, Japan
2015 Kvilda Art Centrum, Kvilda, Czech Republic
2015 Maumau Works A-i-R, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
2012 Raghurajpur International Art and Craft Exchange, Odissha, India

Awards and competitions

2016 3rd Prize, Painting 2016, VUB Bank Foundation, Slovakia
2015 European Cultural Foundation, Travel grant
2015 Finalist, Painting 2015, VUB Bank Foundation, Slovakia
2014 Finalist, Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, IT, project with Viktor Fuček
2011 Finalist, EXIT Award 2011, UJEP Ústí nad Labem
2011 Finalist, Best of College Photography 2011, Photographer´s Forum Magazine
2010 Studio award, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Studies

2012     Master of Fine Arts degree, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
2010 – 12 Intermedia Studio, Prof. Tomas Vanek, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
2007 – 10 School of Conceptual tendencies, Prof. Milos Sejn, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic



CV (Slovensky)

Samostatné výstavy

2017 Plethora and a Quiet World, NICHE Gallery, Tokio, Japonsko
2016 Kresby, Diera do sveta, Liptovský Mikuláš, SK
2016 Krehká záhrada, NOV Art Space, Pardubice, CZ
2015 Závan zvonku, Atelier Síň, Telč, CZ
2015 Situace 62, Galerie Pavilon, Prague, CZ
2015 disJOINTED, Maumau Gallery, Istanbul, Turecko
2014 Svetlo nemá žiadnu farbu, Ukradnutá galéria, Nitra, SK
2014 Neviditeľné telo, Paneurópska vysoká škola, Bratislava, SK
2014 Medzi vetvením, Galéria Cit, Bratislava, SK
2013 Et In Arcadia Ego, Cecilia!, Inštalácia s V. Fučekom, Slovenská filharmónia, Bratislava, SK
2012 Walkwell John, Galéria CC Centrum, Bratislava, SK
2011 Pokúšaní / Otáľať, AVU Galerie, Praha, CZ

Skupinové výstavy (výber)

2017
L’art Slovaquie, Slovenský inštitút a Cité Internationale des Arts, Paríž, Francúzsko
2016
Winter selection 5, Flatgallery, Bratislava, SK
„2016“, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Maľba 2016, Galéria Nedbalka, Bratislava, SK
Open Studio, BankART Studio NYK AiR, Jokohama, Japonsko
Subtílnosti, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2015
Kruh, Festival umění, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
Maľba 2015, výstava finalistov, Galéria Nedbalka, Bratislava, SK
Na hranici – Grenznah, Galerie Školská, Praha, CZ
Pop-up, Kargart, Istanbul, Turecko
2014
Festival Kukučka, Site-specific, Ostrava, CZ
Young Art Show, Dom umenia, Piešťany, SK
Jarní studie, Performativní studie DAMU, Praha, CZ
Arte Laguna Prize (Viktor Fuček and Ján Valík), Arsenale, Benátky, Taliansko
Drawing Box, Associazione Culturale Luci e Ombre, Bologna, Taliansko
Drawing Box, Sining Makiling Gallery in Laguna, Filipíny
2013
Na Hranici – Grenznah, Sympozium v Bavorskom lese, Tummelplatz, Nemecko
Hotbed, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlín, Nemecko
Drawing Box, Ranelagh arts centre, Dublin, Írkso
Open studio, Cité internationale des arts, Paríž, Francúzsko
Drawing Box: Mail Art Project, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Sev. Írkso
Za místem, (Petr Gruber, Jan Poupě, Jan Valik), AVU Galerie, Praha, CZ
Anonymous Drawings, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlín, Nemecko
Anonymous Drawings, Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Lipsko, Nemecko
Anonymous Drawings, TAC Eindhoven, Holandsko
Drawing Box: Mail Art Project, Sir J. J. School of Arts Gallery, Bombaj, India 2012
RIACE exhibition, Raghurajpur, Orissa, India
Bílé břehy, Site specific festival, Bíle Břehy, CZ
Diplomanti AVU, Národní Galerie, Praha, CZ
Art Safari 23, Studio BUBEČ, Praha, CZ
První salon malby, DOX Centrum současného umění, Praha, CZ
2011
Cena EXIT 2011, Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
Space-sitting, AXA in ACTION, Contemporary performative art, Praha, CZ
Kaple, Mezioborové setkání, Liběchov, CZ
Best of College Photography 2011, Výstava finalistov, Magazín Photographers forum, Santa Barbara, USA

Performancie

2016
FoR mE iT’S tOO RAndOm, Konvikt / PAF Přehlídka filmové animace a současného umění, Olomouc, CZ
Miltilab, Stoka C1,2 KC, Bratislava, SK
Garden of Fragility, Art Space NOV, Pardubice, CZ
Šepot prostor Alma excelsior, Amforman, Kroměříž, SK
Naslúchanie. Nasiaknutie, Nástupište 1-12, Topoľčany, SK
En Route, Koganecho Art Center, Jokohama, Japonsko
Listening, BankART Studio NYK, Jokohama, Japonsko
Tenké spojenie, Štúdio C12, Cvernovka, Bratislava, SK
2015
Material, Štúdio C12, Cvernovka, Bratislava, SK
Nonsense poem, Butoh-Ma Centrum, Goettingen, Nemecko
Po roku …, Špitál ART, Josefov, CZ
Závan zvonku, Atelier Síň, Telč, CZ
Okraj cintorína, Divadelní oblast, Židovský cintorín, Telč, CZ
Seeds of Dance, Baroková kaple Sv. Anny, Nečtiny, Plzeň, CZ

Rezidencie

2016 BankART Studios NYK, Jokohama, Japonsko
2015 Centrum umění Kvilda, Kvilda, CZ
2015 Maumau Works A-i-R, Istanbul, Turecko
2013 Cité internationale des arts, Paríž, Francúzsko
2012 Raghurajpur International Art and Craft Exchange, Odissha, India

Ocenenia a súťaže

2016 3. miesto, Maľba 2016, Nadácia VÚB, SK
2015 European Cultural Foundation, Cestovný grant
2015 Finalista, Maľba 2015, Nadácia VÚB, SK
2014 Finalista, Arte Laguna Prize (projekt s Viktorom Fučekom), Benátky, Taliansko
2011 Finalista, Cena EXIT 2011, UJEP Ústí nad Labem
2011 Finalista, Best of College Photography 2011, Photographer ́s Forum Magazine
2010 Ateliérová cena, AVU Praha

Štúdiá

2012 Magister umenia, Akadémia výtvarných umení v Prahe, Česká republika
2010 – 12 Intermédiá III, MgA. Tomáš Vaněk, Akadémia výtvarných umení v Prahe, Česká republika
2007 – 10 Škola konceptuálnych tendencií, Prof. Miloš Šejn, Akadémia výtvarných umení v Prahe, Česká republika