“Bad Venus”
by Stanislava Kovalcikova

Opening party with the artist
Saturday September 17th, 5-8 pm
Exhibition dates:
September 17th- October 29th 2016

Ten Haaf Projects is pleased to announce “Bad Venus” by Stanislava Kovalcikova.
For her first solo exhibition at Ten Haaf Projects Kovalcikova will display seven figurative paintings and a series of altered garments.
Her paintings research issues of race, power, virtual spaces, and figurative forms. Her work explores the historical motif of the female nude, and our contemporary view of the female nude body.

Kovalcikova examines reflexive engagement with paint as a material and the influence of 16 – 19th Century oil painting. For instance “Black Venus” versions 1 and 2 depict Afro women reclining in nondescript spaces, while deliberately referencing Giorgione, Titian, Velasquez, Vallotton and Manet.
Through her work she examines the difference between light and dark colors: literally by working with light and dark oil pigments but even more by creating a world without any racial identities. By over- and underexposing, color is not any more important: nor who or what is black or white

On display will be as well Stanislava Kovacikova her work made with second hand clothing. These garments are used as a canvas, and deliberately leaving or adding graphic and linguistic signs. Hereby creating tension between the original message, and her message on the garments.

Download press documentation

Staninslava Kovacikova was born in 1988 in Slovakia, and will graduate in 2017 from the Kunstacademie Düsseldorf where she studies under Peter Doig

Ten Haaf Projects gallery is still under construction. “Bad Venus” will be shown at the temporary location at Geldersekade 30, 1012 BJ Amsterdam.