Jan Tichy: Politics of LightOctober 10, 2013 - December 14, 2013
Politics of Light, a NLE Solo exhibition, featured Chicago-based Israeli artist Jan Tichy, whose work emphasizes site and architecture and its implications for social structure.
This exhibition centered around the themes of the seen and unseen through a social, political, or visual lens. Politics of Light was a moody paean to light and shadow, to the ebbs and flows of what light reveals, and what darkness hides. Tichy’s installations are a fluid integration of diverse media incorporating animation, film, photography, and sculpture, all invested with the presence of mechanical light — be it a projector or a TV monitor — fulfilling light’s role of enabling vision.
Revelation through the metaphor of light reaches back to the very dawn of art. But the title, Politics of Light, selected by the artist, refers less to the divine than to the power inherent in the political or social machinery that causes any challenge to that power — from political dissidents to the urban poor — to be removed or hidden from view. The work also questions our individual tendencies to look away from inconvenient realities.
About NLE Solo
NLE Solo is a series of presentations of a single artist’s project or body of work. Expanding on No Longer Empty’s model of curating site-responsive group exhibitions in underutilized spaces, NLE Solo provides the framework for an in-depth site-responsive interaction between the artist, a site, locality, and interconnected histories.
Jan Tichy (Czech, b. 1974) works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound, and photography; many of his works combine these elements. Using video projection as a time-based source of light, Tichy creates physical and psychic spaces in which he explores themes of concealment, obscurity, and the seen and unseen. Tichy’s use of photography in his work, tempered by his strictly formal and minimalist visual language, results in installations in which the narrative is open to interpretation.
Born in Prague, Jan Tichy moved to Israel in the mid-1990s. After studying Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tichy studied photography at Musrara School of Photography in Jerusalem and Advanced Studies in Art at Bezalel Academy in Tel Aviv. In 2007 he moved to Chicago where he earned MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Center for Contemporary Art-Tel Aviv, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art and the Spertus Museum, Chicago. Over the past three years his work has been included in exhibitions in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Venice, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York, Portland, and Washington, D.C. Tichy’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Magasin 3 Stockholm Kunsthall; MoBY – Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam; and Spertus Museum, Chicago.