• Jan Kalab

  • ABOUT THE TITLE OF THE SHOW

    ON VISION AND COLORS

    On Vision and Colors (in German: Über das Sehn und die Farben) is an essay in 2 chapters and 14 paragraphs published by Arthur Schopenhauer in May 1816 at the age of 28. During the winter of 1813, Schopenhauer had discussed at length with Goethe his Treaty of Colors (1810) and largely shared his views.
     
    The initial basis for Schopenhauer's color theory is taken from Goethe's chapter on physiological colors which deals with three main pairs of contrasting colors: red / green, orange / blue, and yellow / purple.
    This theory contrasts with Newton's theory which proposes to understand white light as the fusion of an infinite quantity of intrinsically colored light rays, and with the popularization of it by Voltaire with seven colors dividing those coming from the prism. In agreement with Aristotle, Schopenhauer considers that colors arise from the mixture of cloudy and cloudy darkness with light. With white and black located at the two extremes of the scale, the colors are arranged in series according to the mathematical relationship between the proportions of light and dark.

    Schopenhauer accepts Goethe's assertion that the eye tends towards a total sum composed of a color doubled by its spectrum, or afterimage. Schopenhauer arranges the colors in such a way that the sum of all the colors and their complementary remanence is always equal to unity. Full activity of the retina produces white. When the activity of the retina is divided, the part of the retinal activity that is inactive and not stimulated by color can be thought of as the complementary ghostly afterimage that Schopenhauer and Goethe call a physiological spectrum.

  • Jan Kalab, Light Blue Puddle, 2021

    Jan Kalab

    Light Blue Puddle, 2021 Acrylic on canvas streched on hand made wooden frame
    115 x 125 cm
    45 1/4 x 49 1/4 in
  • "Never one to standstill,
    his work continually evolves"
    - Widewalls magazine

  • ON VISION AND COLORS ON VISION AND COLORS

    The exhibition at the Danysz Gallery traces the development of Czech artist Jan Kalab's work in recent years.

    Whether round, oval, deformed, unstructured, stretched, multiplied, Jan Kalab plays with circles and their imperfections to represent endless variations around depth, time and movement. He himself creates his frames as autonomous forms, and thus offers himself an infinite field of possibilities. His work on curves gives rise to a constantly renewed dialogue between structure and perception.

    A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Jan Kalab is a Czech artist known for his abstract works in organic shapes. Initially present and active in the streets where he inscribes large lettering with angular lines, he has gradually transformed and enriched his visual language.

    It is in fluid forms with flexible lines that the full force of his talent is expressed. The geometry then seems transcended, and the color takes all its power. The tones are vibrant, they radiate. Jan Kalab excels in the art of gradation, subtle transitions or powerful contrasts. Its intense colors awaken the retina and act with our emotions. Is Jan Kalab trying to show that despite all the theory of the physiology of color, the viewer's feeling remains something unique and instinctive? The only certainty: this light exhibition cannot leave you indifferent.

  • Jan Kalab expresses himself through abstract work, in which form and color interact to create spaces from the canvas in...

    Jan Kalab expresses himself through abstract work, in which form and color interact to create spaces from the canvas in which the gaze immerses and loses its bearings.

  • Jan Kalab's Journey

    Jan Kalab was born in Czechoslovakia in 1978 at a time when the Iron Curtain still separated Eastern Europe from Western Europe. Young, with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he witnessed the rapid changes in his country: "My country then absorbed all the new Western influences after 40 years of isolation by the Iron Curtain".

    In 1993, as a teenager, he saw the peaceful split of his country into two: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As Prague opens up to foreigners, graffiti created by French and German tourists appear around the city. It was at this point that he himself began, aged 15, graffiti to go on to become one of the most prolific Czech street artists of the time.

  • In 2000, he traveled to New York with his early acolytes to paint walls and trains. He says he realized...

    In 2000, he traveled to New York with his early acolytes to paint walls and trains. He says he realized there that he could accomplish anything he wanted. An awareness symbolized by the words painted on a subway car "Go for your dreams / P.S. We did it". In a 2002 interview, he says he painted around 200 to 250 trains at that time.

    Its motto becomes "Continue, continue to invent new forms". It takes shape in his artistic practice of the early 2000s as the artist turns to 3D graffiti by sculpting abstract letters deposited in various places of the city. No need for a spray can, or even a wall to invade the urban landscape. At the same time, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, from which he graduated in 2006. From 2008, his experiences with sculpture and canvas gradually led him to abstraction.

  • In 2011, Jan Kalab said he wanted to simplify his style, reduce it drastically, into cubes and circles. He makes...

    In 2011, Jan Kalab said he wanted to simplify his style, reduce it drastically, into cubes and circles. He makes a fruitful transition from lettering to abstraction and explores subjects such as infinity, movement, depth, change.

    Then began a new phase of his artistic career where working with the abstract and the minimal inspired him and seemed to him a much more difficult challenge than having a specific theme or doing lettering. "I feel like I'm digging somewhere without knowing the right direction, in the hope of discovering something totally new. During this trip, I repeat the gesture and repeat it until the work gradually becomes different."

  • "Go for your dreams
    P.S. We did it"

  • Meet Jan Kalab in his Studio in Prague

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