Luboš Plný & Anna Zemánková At Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York
Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York is hosting an exhibition “Bodies Electric” by artists Luboš Plný and Anna Zemánková, on view through July 29, 2017.The exhibition presents the work of two eminent Czech artists, Luboš Plný (b. 1961) and Anna Zemánková (1908–1986). Sixteen of Zemánková’s drawings were included in the Venice Biennale of 2013 under the curatorship of Massimiliano Gioni, and eight of Plný’s collaged drawings are included in the 2017 Venice Biennale organized by Christine Macel. Centering on the subject of the mysterious repository for the soul, both artist in this exhibition approaches the subject with similar intentionality, but with very different processes and results. Plný was diagnosed with schizophrenia simplex, a non-hallucinatory manifestation of the disease that led him to study psychiatric and medical texts as a way to cope with his condition, which he processed into the form of intricate collaged drawings. The exhibition displays a number of these new works including a large triptych, a form of his that has not previously been shown in the United States. Similar to Plný’s battle with his medical condition, Zemánková also found her way to combat the bout of crippling depression caused by the breakdown of her family through her deeply pigmented and visionary drawings. Created in a self-imposed solitude in the early hours of the morning, all her repressed sensuality and fierce need to nurture came out in these works depicting fantastic forms of reinvented nature.