The artist, ased in Prague, will exhibit photographs, videos, and sculptures that relate to the subject of aging and passing time. Referencing the routines of everyday life, DopitovÃ¡ explores themes of identity, often juxtaposing self-portraits with portraits of her twin sister.
Milena DopitovÃ¡, based in Prague, will exhibit photographs, videos, and sculptures that relate to the subject of aging and passing time. Referencing the routines of everyday life, DopitovÃ¡ explores themes of identity, often juxtaposing self-portraits with portraits of her twin sister. In her new work, DopitovÃ¡ suggests the depth of restrained emotions, touching upon themes of love, isolation, and vulnerability.
The installation, which combines staged photography and role-playing, documentary footage, and constructed objects, is divided into four parts.
Featured is Sixtysomething, large-scale digital photographs that depict the forty-year old artist and her sister as older women, transformed with stage make-up and wearing similar age-appropriate dress. The double portraits demonstrate subtle differences within the greater similarities of the identical twins, intensifying nuances of expression and raising questions about individuality versus societal influences. Muted colors, a melancholy atmosphere, and static poses in staged settings evoke a Mittel-Europe vanishing past. Paradoxically, the scenes appear to foresee possible future experiences of the present-day sisters. Videotapes document the process of their physical transformation.
A Dance? presents a silent video projection of senior citizens, dancing in couples en plein air; as a counterpoint, oversize pairs of butterflies, constructed from metal and fabric, are positioned around the gallery space to suggest mating patterns. Next time at yours consists of video projections of untrained young children playing musical instruments who emerge and fade at different intervals throughout the darkened space. Golden Wedding Party combines a silent video of a real-life golden anniversary wedding party with photographs on the gallery wall of the common Czech flower (Golden Rain), the first plant to bloom and the first to die in spring.
Born in Sternberk, Czechoslovakia in 1963, DopitovÃ¡ graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her work was exhibited in 1994 at the Feldman Gallery, in an exhibition of three artists from Central and Eastern Europe entitled You Must Remember This and in 1995 at the Venice Biennial. Recent group exhibitions include shows at MusÃ©e des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, France; Kunst Haus, Dresden, Germany; and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England. The Czech Center in New York presented her work in 2002. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and The Central European Culture Initiative Prize, Vienna. Fellowships include the International and Curatorial Program in New York and the MAK Schindler Residency in Los Angeles.
There will be a reception Saturday, November 22: 6:00 â€“ 8:00. Gallery Hours: Tuesday â€“ Saturday: 10:00 â€“ 6:00. Monday by appointment. For information, contact Laura Muggeo (212) 226-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the image a work by Milena Dopitova.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street, New York