DOX by Qubus, Prag
– 1 September 2017
Lukáš Novák grew up in Nový Bor, a town in Northern Bohemia. The area is famous for Czech glass art and Lukáš Novák grew up in a traditional glass art family. After an apprenticeship as a glassblower, he studied under Rony Plesl at the Umpum Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. His works go beyond traditional approaches to glass art and apply an experimental one. For the current series "Ultra Fragile" he has developed his own production method to revive old forms of text and image formation. This method allows him to shape his own slogans and mottos in glass objects, thus giving them a sporty aesthetic along with numerous elements from contemporary pop culture. The objects were developed in close collaboration with the Czech graphic designer Jan Novák.
The exhibition also focuses on the struggle young artists face in asserting themselves in the art scene. The relationship to 'the new' is presented ambivalently. While 'the new' can be motivating, it can also be a burden if it means an artist can only prove their worth by means of something new.