||Stanislav Kolibal I Residency from April to September 1992
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The Czech sculptor Stanislav Kolibal was born in 1925 in Orlov, he lives and works in Prague.
He has exhibited in numerous museums and important exhibitions: the 5th exhibition of "the Sculpture of Twenty Nations" at the Guggenheim in New York, "Paris Prague" at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and "Painting and Sculpture Today" at the Indianapolis Museum.
Stanislav Kolibal's work is counted among the fundamentals of modern Czech art. It is a meditation on the problems engendered by and linked to man's presence on Earth.
At the Atelier Calder, Stanislav Kolibal produced a series of sculptures entitled Constructions in wood and iron, whose geometric forms serve to define their space. In the complicated tangle of wooden and metal plates that remain straight or curve inwards, intersecting at right or acute angles, the lines and peaks formed make shapes in the surrounding space. This produces new intersections, the semi-circular and straight lines attracting and repelling one another.
In this work, some elements remain concealed, others reveal themselves. It is really the design which is concealed behind each strangely constituted form, the horizontal lines having dominant importance, giving the sensation that a line continues from one plate to another. The viewer is solicited to participate in the work not only by actively looking at it, but also to enter into a critical dialogue with it. In Stanislav Kolibal's work, the space between the forms is as important as the forms themselves.