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#3 Transforming of Symbols

The category of symbol and working with the symbol is elusive, a purely sophisticated way of categorization from the point of view of art history and art criticism. For that reason, the selection of authors is even more relative than with the previous themes. Moreover, while some of the artists we have selected have worked with symbol throughout their career, with others in some stages of their work we could speak rather of subjective documentary, conceptualism, minimalism, or even other things. Such is, however, the fate of categories of art-theory – they do not allow an exact definition of the set of works of art that they attempt to define.

#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Portfolios

Jiří David

While in the 1980‘s (especially in the latter half) his artistic sensibility acutely reflected the tension of shifting from wild neo-expressionism towards semiotic fragmentariness, with the advent of „social washiness“ in the 1990‘s his work moved towards installation and photography…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Portfolios

Marcos López

In one of his essays on the heterogeneous identity of Latin America, the Cuban critic and curator Gerardo Mosauera broods over the local transformation of circulating signs, citing as an example the metamorphoses undergone by one of the pillars of American popular culture, the Coca-Cola soft drink: a famous mixed drinks recipe decrees that it be mixed with Cuban rum, a slice of lemon and ice…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Portfolios

Oleg Kulik

On the other hand, Kulik reacts to a completely different situation both in politics and art than the aforementioned artists had addressed. There are further differences, but there remains a basic artistic mood or temperament that is very similar…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Portfolios

Sarah Lucas

This characteristic self-depiction can easily be compared with the work of her friend, Tracey Emin, and, in 1993, the two artists collaborated on The Shop in Bethnal Green. However, their work is essentially different…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Profiles

Alena Kotzmanová

She thus meditates about the medium as such, its various forms, vacant spaces and processes that bring unexpected and startling fusions and insights.Within
the framework of a genre in its own right – a kind of “fictitious documentary” that is created in the same way as a photo-reportage – but instead of conveying information, it works rather the other way around – Kotzmanová embarks on examining reality as well as creating new, parallel worlds…

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