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Jozef Mrva *13. 10. 1988 v Praze

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Education: 2008 - 2012 - Graphic design (BcA.) - Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic 2012 - 2015 - Intermedia, led by doc. prom. ped. Václav Stratil (MgA.) - Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic 2015 - 2018 - Ph. D., led by Filip Cenek - Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology Internships: 2016 - Internship at Motel Spatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands Group exhibitions: 2016 - Exchanging Intimacies, Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands 2016 - #NFCDAB, Wroclaw, Poland 2016 - (Re)construction of the presence. Young Czech Artists, Boccanera Gallery, Trento, Italy 2016 - The Wrong Bienalle, internet biennale 2014 - Golden Age – cubism in czech contemporary art, House of Arts, Brno 2014 - HYPERTEXT (with Andreas Gajdošík, Ondřej Homola, Šimon Kadlčák and Martinem Dlabaja), Aula gallery, Brno 2014 - Graduates of 2014, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Brno 2013 - Přenáška, Půda gallery, Jihlava 2011 - Privát, (with Přemysl Černý and Lukáš Beran), Su.terén gallery, Pilsen Solo exhibitions: 2017 - Dark Ontologies Matter, Berlínskej Model, Prague 2016 - Body Armor, Galerie U Mloka, Olomouc – Featured as a part of PAF – The Festival of Film and Animation Olomouc 2016 2016 - Close Encounter, with Jakub Tajovský, Galerie mladých, TIC, Brno 2016 - Curiosity, Klubovna gallery, Brno 2015 - Death of a Modernist, Buňka gallery, Ústí nad Labem 2014 - The Black Box, gallery Art, Brno 2013 - Sleeper Cell, Gallery 209, Brno 2012 - Ďábloj, with Přemysl Černý, Su.terén gallery, Pilsen


Knot Capital series – 2016 - ongoing My most recent body of work revolves around exploration of geometric and semiotic possibilities of knotted torus. Through the medium of 3D modelling and graphic design I create scenarios, models and textual works that examine cosmological topology and play with alternative cosmogonic scenarios. Some results of these works were shown in Berlínskej Model.

Reject the Globe And Oppose Flat Earth at the Same Time, still from a video loop (9 minutes), 2017 https://youtu.be/BI4AH6a2u6Q


Consider Capital Our 5th Dimension, digital image, 2017


Knot Island, work in progress, digital image, 2017


Accelerated Forgetfulness, digital image, 2016

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This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get, visual poem, 2016


Dark Ontologies Matter – Berlínskej Model, Praha, 2017 In Berlínskej Model, I was exploring hypothetical topogical alternatives to Earth as a gloge. If the Flat Earth conspiracy theory renders our Earth as flat, can we imagine it as a four-dimensional hypersphere or as a knotted torus?


Body Armor – Galerie U Mloka, Olomouc, 2016 This exhibition was featured as a part of PAF - Festival of Film and Animation Olomouc 2016 “The author in his series of cardboard masks consciously binds together cruelty of wild animal behaviour with sophisticated form of precise layering and folding of paper. The mask usage during various rituals has always been a part of human culture since its beginnings and some of its appeal still remains up to this day. Jozef Mrva’s objects effect the viewer with nonchalant urgency - it is possible that the we still feel the need to abandon our own visual uniqueness and get rid of the burden of individualism?” - Viktorie Schotterová


Exchanging Intimacies – Quartair, Haag, the Netherlands - 2016

Untitled, oil paintings and painted wood, 240 x 200 cm


Close encounter – Galerie mladých, Brno - 2016 The Close Encounter project is a result of a long dialogues between Jakub Tajovský and me. We took a horror classic The Color Out Of Space by H. P. Lovecraft as a starting point towards imagining a clash between two disparate realities. We constructed a model of hollowed asteroid impacting a grid and accompanied it with a selections of short texts and drawings.

Hollowed-out asteroid detail


Curiosity – Galerie Klubovna - 2016 “In his project, Jozef Mrva is interested in gathering large amounts of data about Curiosity rover landing in Gale Crater on Mars and in the transcription, reconstruction and reshaping of that data. The result is a subjective transcription of available data in the medium of paint and object that allow the impossible and distant to happen and become a familiar reality, a landscape we can relate to. It is no longer about reproducing what can be seen, the artist is concerned about reproducing the mediated information. Thanks to this “interactive plein-air”, we don’t sense the martian landscape as virtual, mediated anymore. On the contrary, we can now experience it first hand.” – Lenore Jurkyová

Instalation view, acrylic and indian ink on canvas and paper, dimensions variable, 2016


Facebook interventions – 2013-2016 I irregularly indulge in Facebook interventions. The intervetions are performative, they consist of routine repetition of a process, which results in timeline cover picture or profile picture. The images are created by constant re-screencapturing of the previous images and their uploading into the Facebook interface. The images get more deformed and faded with every next step and create an illusion of a third dimension in the realm of a Facebook webpage. It is an imprint of time in a single image. The Event Performance was featured as a part of The Wrong internet biennale 2015.

2525, performative transcription of the song 2525 by Zager and Evans, 2016

The Event Performance, 2015 - 16


Henry Rollins, 2016

Hue, 2016

Social Network as a Landscape, 2016


Death of a Modernist – Buňka Gallery, Ústí nad Labem - 2015 My installation in offspace gallery Kostka in Aussig consisted of two pieces: One was a print, a diagram featuring names of Avant-garde movements on one side, and metal prefixes on the second The viewer was invited to create his own combinations of Metal and classical Avant-garde meta-genres. The object was a cardboard-made shape depicting risen fist, with fingers glued and supported by wooden sticks, evocating an sense of instability and collapse. The whole exhibition was based on nostalgia and interpretation of the great modernist period and utopian dreams which failed to happen and became genres which post-modernism was ironically playing with. The name comes from a song by american hardcore band Orchid.


Hypertext – Aula Gallery, Brno, 2014 Hypertext was a group exhibition with Ondřej Homola, Andreas Gajdošík, Šimon Kadlčák and Martin Dlabaja, curated by Lenore Jurkyová in Aula gallery on Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. The starting point was the hypertext and the rhizome as the fabric of the internet. We took the act of surfing as the key experience for this exhibition and our aim was to create a landscape, interface in which single pieces of art flow and connect to each other. We constructed a platform which visitors could clomb on and get the “whole picture” of the exhibition. I created a map of Curiosity landing site on the platform so the viewer can project the whole on a completly different place. I also featured 2-channel video projection called Warhol on Chatroulette, which involved Warhol’s Blowjob being streamed into Chatroulette, creating an uncanny pun on chatroom masturbation.

Hypertext, installation view, 2014


Warhol on Chatroulette, video, 2014

Hypertext, installation view, 2014

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