2017年06月27日

The important work piece of reflective vest

The artist in reflective clothing and former sprayer Epos 257, who has left not only his hidden identity since his youth, but also the instincts of street hooligan, exhibits in the National Gallery. The first exhibit institution was dedicated to the corridor of the Prague Trade Fair Palace, a place that communicates directly across the street through the glass wall.

Even though Epos 257 is a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, he exhibits in established galleries, and even became entangled with "establishment" when he represented the Republic in 2010 in Expel in Shanghai. His work, however, still keeps street grip and criticism.

The Exhibition in the Trade Fair called Retro reflection, which will last until June 4, is slightly subversive. This Thursday, April 20 at 17:30 hours, a commented tour will take place.

The theme of the exhibition is the traffic signs, specifically the Z3 brand marking the sharp turn that the artist has mapped throughout Prague. He then made a copy, and the original tagged them for them.

"I worked for Retro reflex for more than three years. I often travel through the city landscape, drive through it, walk it on foot, map its terrain, and collect partial artifacts. Retro reflection is a map of traffic signs that have become symbols of my city, "says Epos 257.

The main exhibit of the exhibition, however, is not physically present in the Palace. Giant reflective mosaic made from stolen - and replaced - brands hangs on the facade of one of the apartment buildings in Smirches.

However, visitors to the exhibition see it thanks to the live transmission and accompanying documentation. There is also an orange reflective vest that the author of many street interventions considers to be his most important work piece.

"The orange vest works in the public space as an operating permit. Although it is strikingly colorful, one becomes paradoxically invisible, "says Epos 257, which derives its pseudonym from the paragraph of the Criminal Code, which until recently defined the damage to a foreign matter. It therefore refers to the artist's spraying history.

However, neither Epos's current artistic "practice" is entirely legal. The artist is famous, for example, with "paintings" on blank billboards, which their owners, when not rented, have white papers.

But for the artists they became a "canvas in the urban landscape" on which they shot paintball gun rifles.

Sometimes, in Prague, he deployed hay packs, which the tabloid media interpreted as an attempt at arson and perhaps a terrorist attack.

The most epic Epos interventions include the illegal occupation of the Plucky Square area. With a few fellow friends, the fence has covered an area of 50 square meters. Nobody's been weird for a long time. The local town hall was removed after more than fifty days.

"(Epos 257) examines the public space, its general use, and responds to the controversial boundary of what is and is not public," curators Jixi Paten and Frantisek Reply said in the text to the current exhibition.

The show in the Trade Fair Palace is changing during its duration. For example, there is a free entry, which visitors will paradoxically need money for. For their banknote, however, any nominal value will receive a banknote of the same value, just a brand new one, selected directly from the Czech National Bank.

Visitors will therefore become direct participants in imaginary money laundering. They will also have a share in the artist's confusion of old for the new - just as when he exchanged old traffic reflective signs for new copies.
  


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