Jiří Skála is known for his playful and witty conceptualist approach to various social contexts and situations. He often employs participants in gamelike interactions in his work, or institutes subtle interventions creating objects that have only been minimally altered but which are no less effective in altering our own perspectives of the given situation. His recent work has focussed on the written word and inter-personal communication, for example, in his ongoing project Handwriting Exchange Skala, and someone chosen from a completely different social and cultural background, become acquainted through a daily process of learning how to copy each other’s handwriting.
Jiří Skála, born 1976, lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. He studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, and at the post-graduate program at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. His work has been exhibited widely including the following: Tirana Biennale I, Albania; Palais de Tokyo, France; Prague Biennale, Czech Republic; and the UBS Gallery in New York. He is a co-founder of the Etc. Gallery in Prague, established in 2004, and a member of the PAS group, together with the artist Tomáš Vaněk and curator Vít Havranek. He is listed in the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory compiled by the New Museum in New York, and in November of 2009 was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists in the Czech Republic by Vaclav Havel.
Residents from Czech Republic
Rachel Scott’s work includes informal, site responsive, expressive gestures and actions undertaken by the artist within acknowledged formal, conceptual, controlled structures and frameworks. Working critically with painting, performance, installation and the camera, Scott engages the personal to examine broader social and art historical concerns.
Rachel Scott (Australia) graduated in 2005 from the Sydney College of the Arts with a Master of Visual Arts. She graduated in 2005 from the Sydney College of the Arts with a Master of Visual Art, and in 2001 studied at the Hochschüle der Künste, Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: Alterbeast, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; Wax On, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney and why do we do the things we do, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art. Upcoming exhibitions include: Face to Face: Portraiture in a Digital Age, presented by d/Lux Media Arts, Arts Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and NAFA Nanyang Academy, Singapore; and Lovesick, Stills Gallery, Sydney.