The Gallery of the Capital City of Prague opened Margita Titlova's exhibition Purple vertical in the House U Kamenného zvonu, February 14, 2023, Prague.
Prague – The experimental work of Margita Titlova is exhibited by the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague. After today's opening, the exhibition called Purple Vertical will be open to visitors in the House U Kamenného Zvonu on the Old Town Square from Wednesday to Sunday, May 14. The sixty-five-year-old artist belongs to the prominent personalities of the generation of the 80s, she devotes herself to conceptual art and performance.
According to experts, the author has been searching for new means of expression since her studies at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s, when she was looking for a way to themes and expressions that would free her from the stereotypes of the teaching at the time marked by ideological demands mode. For her research, she chose to confront her own body with geometric and force fields in nature and later also in the interior.
In the 1980s, through actions in which she defined her shadow with a contour drawing, she reached monumental works on paper in which she used lipstick. Later, she enriched their abstract structure with additional colors and added signs that came from her imagination. These giant drawings gradually broke away from the classic format and formed irregular shapes, layered on top of each other and were often destroyed in the creative fervor.
According to exhibition curator and gallery director Magdalena Juříková, Titlová often and very quickly leaves her “conquered territories” and plunges into new experiments in which everything changes – from forms and genres to materials and contents.
Titlová has been working for a long time with a photographic device that is able to capture the bioenergetic radiation of a person by touch. The invention draws the touches of the human body on paper, while sensing each person differently, often according to their nature or mood. Thanks to this electromagnetic method, Titlová transforms the objects of her interest. The series of these works ends with an abstract record of the hectic movement of her hand.
In the 1990s, light became an increasingly important focus of her interest, which then figures as an important component of many installations and eventually paintings, where the spectrum is transmitted to the surface by reflection it is also part of the model for further painting.
In addition to completely abstract works, the author deals with historical memory. In the personal one, she reinterprets photos from the family archive using various methods or expands this memory and focuses attention on women who each created history in their own unique way. He works in an unconventional way with photography, where he captures the manipulated spectral reflection of light in the images, with thermovision, in front of which he performs and puts his own bodily energy into the image, or he draws on the wall with the help of substances of various thermal properties and records, thanks to thermovision, a combination of everything that happens on the scene in front of the action camera.
Currently, according to the curator, Titlová strives for a synthesis of all honestly tested methods and works with them with a feeling of freedom and relaxation.