Sculptor and photo artist Magdalena Jetelová was born in Semily, Czech Republic, in 1946; she now mainly resides in Germany.
Magdalena Jetelová's artistic development coincided with the Land art era and the aftermath of post-war existentialism. Time and again, she has addressed ...
... the four elements of earth, water, air and fire as phenomenological as well as psychological facts in her art. Jetelová's imagery, both in her room installations and laser drawings, is reduced and minimalist. The ingredients are carefully chosen. At Lieberose Castle, she displays laser drawings in light boxes within an installation made of UV light (black light). The ground is covered with numbers that appear luminescent by the black light. This evokes associations with the starry sky and astronomical measurements.
The lasered landscapes are reminiscent of post-industrial brownfields, perhaps also of areas that have been destroyed by slash-and-burn techniques. Laser technology emphasises the (cultural and) technical transformation of nature. Laser beams cause injuries, but they can also cure diseases and heal the sick. Her use of UV light is sculptural because it deploys light to "model" the room as well as the landscapes. The artist is interested in landscapes that are different, strange, "almost sick". It's a "very strange feeling" that Jetelovà wants to express.
One possible approach could be to perceive her work as a meditation on the finite nature of existence, of individual life as well as of planet Earth, and as a reflection on ways in which to counter the forces of destruction – both in a physical and a psychological sense.
Solo Exhibitions (a selection)
2010 Landscape of Transformation, Mannheim, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
2007 The New Space, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany
1992 Domestication of a Pyramid, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
1986 Project Room, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Group Exhibitions (a selection)
2009 Art Open, Brno, Czech Republic
2004 Bienal internacional da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
1992 Drawn in the ´90s, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA
1986, documenta 8, Kassel, Germany