PAVEL TICHON
New & Old Media Artist

The important things for my work are always intuition, association and metaphor. But the existence of these approaches is not clear at first glance, and it cannot be simply decoded against the backdrop of tasks (works), which are sometimes intentional and sometimes literal for reasons of capacity. The literal nature of the work smacks of cheap perfume from which there is no escape. I like literality because, at the surface of events, it affords a seemingly unambiguous interpretation. It has the power to comfort a superficial viewer and the power to beguile the more demanding ones, offering them further layers of cheap glitter. Literality is raw, naked and secular, but intuition, association and metaphor come most likely from jam jars meant to be filled with star dust, whose lids bend light into black holes, so they can be neither preserved nor digitalized. Nevertheless, don’t look for anything beyond them. Definitely. Not too much.

Biography

Education

2007–2011

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Ph.D. (Milan Knížák) unfinished

2005–2006 

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, New Media (Michael Bielický)

2003–2004 

Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Art & Science (Frans Evers)

2002–2003 

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Design and Architecture  (Jiří Pelcl)

2000–2002

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Intermedia (Milan Knížák)

Individual Exhibition

2020

Conditional JumpVyšehrad Gallery, Prague, CZ

2019

Greenpiece (with David Helán), Jáma 10 Gallery, Ostrava , CZ

Unknowing That Knows NotGASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora, CZ

2018             

Headless (with Jakub Janovský), Pragovka Gallery, Prague, CZ             

2017

Merda d’ArtistaThe White Room, Prague, CZ

2015

Teige in PorubaIndustrial Gallery, Ostrava, CZ

Proto (with Monika Žáková), Prototyp studio, Prague, CZ        

House of Meat / House of BreadJekor Gallery, Prague, CZ     

2014

Autopsy RoomPitevna Gallery, Brno, CZ

Art That Nobody Understands Isn’t ArtG99 Gallery, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ

2010         

The Important Thing is the One That Is Missing (with Štefan Tóth), Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, CZ               

2008

At Your Own Risk!Půda Gallery, Český Těšín, CZ

2007

Tichon / Cimala (with Michal Cimala), Trafačka Gallery, Prague, CZ 

Side ProductJáma 10 Gallery, Ostrava , CZ

2006

SandpitNibiru Gallery, Ostrava, CZ

2005

Pankow (with Jan Vlček), Nibiru Gallery, Ostrava, CZ

2004  

The Service Drive (with Vladimír Véla), City Theatre, Turnov, CZ 

Recycling Souls (with Pavel Klvaňa), Linharts Foundation / Školská 28, Prague, CZ

Group Exhibition (selection)

2019

Flying Inn, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

2018

Diplomatic Art International Group Exhibition, Mihai Eminescu Theater, Oravia, RO

Post-rubbish, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

2017 

Prague Now, Clam-Gallas Pallace, Prague, CZ  

Pragovka with Wings, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

2016 

Sexy, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

Random, Pragovka Art District, The White Room, Prague, CZ  

2015

Diplomatic Arts, Helios Gallery, Timisoara, RO

2013

Hinter den Bergen, Weltecho Gallery, Chemnitz, DE

45, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

Maybe Snakes, Akademia Gallery, Sofia, BU

I-con, Hristo Cokev Gallery, Gabrovo, BU

2012  

Velocypédia, NTK Gallery, Prague, CZ  

2011

Intermedia School, UFFO Gallery, Trutnov, CZ

Contemporary Czech Painting, Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, CZ  

2010

Transgression, Videotage, Hong Kong, CH

Paper Heads, Trafačka Gallery, Prague, CZ  

2009

FIVE, Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, CZ

Fourteen S, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ

19 Years After, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin, DE

Those! Theme!, SAM 83 Gallery, Česká Bříza, CZ

Sjezd 396, Půda Gallery, Český Těšín, CZ

2008

Zebra Festival, Babylon cinema, Berlin, DE

Cosmopolitics III, Czech Center, Moscow, RU 

Sjezd 112, Půda Gallery, Jihlava, CZ

Cosmopolitics II, Art Laboratory, Berlin, DE

2007

NG 333, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZ

Signale, Ostragehege, Dresden, DE 

Simple Living, Bruekenthal National Museum, Sibiu, RO

Cosmpolitics I, NOUA Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Not Charles Bridge but the Castle Can Be Yours, City Gallery, Uherské Hradiště, CZ 

ESSL Award, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Prague, CZ

2006

Charming Nonchalance, NO Gallery, Prague, CZ

59th Art Salon Policka, City Gallery, Polička, CZ

 AVU Graduates, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZ

4th Salon of Young Artists in Zlín, County Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín, CZ

Scalo Books, Langhans Gallery, Prague, CZ 

2005

IBCA International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Prague, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZ

2004

4th International Triennial of Graphic Arts Prague, Mánes Gallery,  Prague, CZ 

2003

The Youngest, National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZ

School of Intermedia, Alšova Jihočeská Gallery, České Budějovice, CZ

2002

Twice / Stuttgart – Prague / Academy of Fine Arts in Prague,  State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, CZ / DE 

Representation in collections

National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZ

GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora, CZ  

Klatovy Gallery, Klenová, CZ

Private collections

Curated exhibitions

2018

Post-rubbish, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ

2016

Random, The White Room, Prague, CZ

2013

45, Pragovka Art District, Prague, CZ  

2011

Hay Infusion, AVU Gallery, Prague, CZ

2007

Not Charles Bridge but the Castle Can Be Yours, City Gallery, Uherské Hradiště, CZ 

Catalogues

Art Is Better Than Nothing, © Pavel Tichoň – INDIVIDUUM, Prague 2019 

Diplomatic Arts, © UAP Timisoara, Timisoara 2015 

Trafačka! 7 Years of the Temple of Freedom, © Trafačka, Prague 2013

The Important Thing is the One That Is Missing, © Dea Orh Gallery, Prague 2011 

Paper Heads, © Trafačka, Prague 2015

Art from the Turn of the Millennium in The National Gallery in Prague Collections 1990–2009, © National Gallery in Prague, Prague 2009

FIVE, © Dea Orh Gallery, Prague 2009

Fourteen S, © Publisher House Houdek, Prague 2009

NG 333 & CEZ Group Award, © National Gallery in Prague, Prague 2007

ESSL Award, © Essl museum contemporary art, Klosterneuburg / Vienna 2007

AVU 18, © Academy of Fine Arts in Prague,  Prague 2007

AVU Graduates 2006, © Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Prague 2006

4th Salon of Young Artists in Zlín, © County Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín 2006

International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, © National Gallery in Prague, Prague 2005

4th International Triennial of Graphic Arts Prague, © The Inter-Kontakt-Grafik Association, Prague 2004

TWICE, © Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Prague 2004

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