Prokop Bartoníček and TECHO ART COLLECTION 2018

The Techo Art Collection has been growing for over 20 years now. Every Christmas we issue a set of T-shirts and limited edition prints in cooperation with selected Czech and Slovak artists. Over this time we have worked with a range of renowned artists such as Oldřich Kulhánek, Michael Rittstein, Jiří Načeradský, Jiří Sopko, Kurt Gebauer and Pasta Oner. Since the early years when TECHO started to produce furniture and fit-out commercial interiors we have always believed that art is an integral part of what we do.

We are very happy that this year we have joined forces with Prokop Bartoníček, a young Czech artist, and included him in our extensive collection. We can’t wait to see the fruits of this cooperation in the form of our now traditional T-shirts and limited edition prints.

Prokop Bartoníček (*1983) belongs to the young generation of contemporary artists who use the latest technological innovations as a natural means of expression. Their creative arena isn’t the studio but the entire global communications network. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Bartoníček doesn’t disengage from the experienced dimensions of human being; he doesn’t journey off into the artificial realm of virtual reality. His work is, instead, focused on a carefully considered (though continually experimental) juxtaposition of the captivatingly perfect expression of electronic media and the no less fascinating ‘real’ world of humanity and nature. In the dialogue between these two spheres, Bartoníček is primarily concerned with revealing the processes that take place in the human mind, in nature and the universe. In doing so, he stimulates in our imagination an awareness of the laws (but also unpredictable phenomena) that determine both the tangible framework of human civilisation and the incalculable motions of the cosmos.

- Richard Drury (chief curator GASK), Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region

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