Shapes That Vanish In Spring
Anna Ročňová presents the first installation of her project for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2021. The site-specific exhibition Shapes That Vanish In Spring expresses the tension and blurred boundaries between the city and wild nature. The artist placed her sculptures in an untamed green spot behind a road noise wall, until then inhabited only by overgrown trees. This strip of many meters has thus become a garden of mysterious objects, for at first glance it is not clear whether the items are the products of nature or of humans. They weave themselves into the bushes, hang high among the branches, or cluster organically in confusing nooks. They enter into direct dialogue with nature, simultaneously responding to its character at this time of year: bleak, tired, but slowly waking up. This project is the first, winter chapter of a year-round series of interventions in nature, focusing on its cyclical changes and related moods and emotions.
Anna Ročňová has long been interested in the relationship between art and nature, and has recently been approaching her work in more radical ways. She often leaves the gallery and places her objects directly into the society of plants. This opens up the opportunity for processuality, and the sculptures are left to the forces of nature. In this sense, then, it could be termed an open-ended exhibition.
How to get there:
The entrance to the raided "gardens" can be found on the corner of Starolázeňská and Mezichuchelská streets, bus stop Starolázeňská, bus 244 and 172 (3 stops from Smíchovské nádraží).