Nucleon by Jan Kaláb 2022
Ever since ancient Greece, people have been trying to figure out what is the smallest and indivisible particle of matter that makes up our world. For centuries, the atom was considered the smallest particle. Then physicists discovered that the atom also had its parts. As we know from school – proton, neutron, electron. Electrons orbit the nucleus, which consists of a proton and a neutron – NUCLEON. However, the more we learn about the smallest particles, the more it seems that our world is made up of something that is not even tangible. On the way to knowledge, it turned out that the division of the atomic nucleus creates tremendous energy. Nuclear fission. Although this fascinating process is not completely under the control of man, he tries to make the most of it. New nuclear power plants are being set up to meet electricity demand, even though there is still the threat of a catastrophe that no one wants to admit in the face of progress. Atomic energy is like a spirit in a bottle. The very real threat of using nuclear weapons has even reopened. It is something that springs from the depths of nothing and it scares and fascinates us at the same time. Because we can get the spirit out of the bottle, but the problem is to get it back inside.
At the Nucleon exhibition, I will exhibit collages for the first time. I deconstruct the painting and treat it like a kit. From the carved elements of the painted canvas, I build together a structure that puts together the object of the painting.
In addition, there will be shown symmetrical composite paintings, relief paintings and classical paintings.
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