Gandy Gallery, Bratislava: ZBYNEK BALADRAN – Contingent Propositions


Contingent Propositions


Opening reception: Tuesday 3 March 2015, 6-8 pm
the artist artist will be present
Exhibition 4 March – 1 May 2015


Gandy gallery is pleased to present Prague-based artist Zbynek Baladran’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

A piecemeal, visually-oriented study of the background and historical consequences of late capitalism, its practices and outcomes led me to create comments and references, to my own version of footnotes. In order to orient myself better in this, I employed the tried and tested procedures of modernist collage, inspired by Baroque emblems complemented with text sections. My material consisted of newspaper cuttings from the Communist daily Rudé právo(1971-1989) and the post-revolutionary liberal daily Lidové noviny (1989-2008).


On the basis of these local Czech newspaper sources mapping the demise of the two dominant ideological monsters of the 20th century, I am sketching out the coordinates of an as yet undisclosed global future. The recycling of documents of the past reveals clues leading to the Great Recession in 2008 and is perhaps also a reflection of the next form of the post capitalist world. Naturally in all modesty and within the bounds of possibility of an artist’s comments. zb