The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Oldřich Kulhánek

Simmetry of Obesity - lithograph, 2003
(click the title post for more info)
Oldřich Kulhánek
"My opinion, my conviction, is that in his work an artist should give an account of himself, and of the time and place he inhabits. The artist should reveal the pretence (or lies) of the establishment, unmasking what is happening to man and showing how man is manipulated and dehumanized. The artist should present an account of the soul of his contemporary"

...and this coming week UWL will host the National Undergrad Research Conference. Some news about this cool event:

Max Wheeler a printmaker from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio will be presenting at this year's NCUR wants your help in his presentation, which involves performance art.
The title of the performance is called "NICE!!!

Max is asking you to: “1. To be present at my presentation 2. To take part in any way they see fit, relating to the artist statement that I sent you. That could involve making costumes, puppets, masks, etc. , and bringing them to the performance.”

I will have him leave additional info here as a comment.

36 comments:

Bec★ said...

His work is very expressive and his artist's statement encompasses his work well (as it should.) His figures are very dynamic and beautiful. I like Parable No. 4. He has great value and line movement

Kaitlynn said...

maybe i'll dig up my bob ross mask...

ellen said...

i love his work! he gets me interested in figures again, and his artist statement truely fits with the work that is shown. the movement and attention to detail is amazing, i envy his precision.

DaniL said...

Hey the link actually worked this week!

SO, Oldrich Kulhanek-holy SHIT. Those drawings are incredible, and the motion that he captures makes the figures even more beautiful. He creates a sense of space through movement and expression. Very impressive stuff.

I'll have to check out that printmaker at NCUR on thursday. I might even just make a day out of seeing cool research (and making prints!)

Caitlin said...

his work is very interesting and detailed. i like how he doesn't have much going on in the background so you focus on the figures.

Max Wheeler said...

Honestly, I can't say that Nice!!! has something to do directly with printmaking. I myself am printmaker and have not yet found a more interesting form of art. However, Nice!!! is less about me and more about other people. It's about strong individuals working as an even stronger group, as a community. The second installation of Nice!!!, which is taking place on April 16th at the NCUR in Lacrosse Wisconsin, is a surprise. I'm not going to tell anyone what is going to happen there. This is harder for me than anyone else. I am horrible at keeping secrets. All I can say is that it involves lots of fun(hopefully) and YOU. Nice!!! is taking place Thursday from 1:15-2:35 pm in Annett Recital Hall. Hope to see you there.

Liv Radke said...

Kulhánek is amazing. I love the way he portrays the human figure. I always enjoy when my classes overlap. As I am working with the figure in my photo class I am always looking for new ways to express the figure and he has such an eye to showcase the beauty of the body, it is really inspiring. Love it!

katelyn said...

I really liked looking at these. I love the detail that he is able to express in each one. Something that I would love to some day get better at.

Michelle said...

WOW...His work is awesome! His figures are so lifelike and expressive! They really do portray the rise and fall of mankind in so many ways. His ideas somewhat remind me of Sandow Birk's series of "Leading Causes of Death in America"- especially the print about obesity.

Jaime said...

I really enojoyed looking at his figures. I like how they are layed out in a unique way compared to the usual ways. They are contorted and the bodies are intertwisted. I also think they have great value in them.

Keriann said...

I really enjoy this guys work. The way he captures expression and the human figure is amazing. My favorite is the tough buisness litho. I really enjoy how he used the red in it.

Sarahhigley said...

I found this artist fascinating. His figures had so much energy and emotion behind them because of their positions and the way he emphasizes certain areas of the figures with detial. The chairoscuro is absolutely beautiful and the figures have to much volume that they jump off the page. Some of the images were dark and disturbing but they really made me think. I don't fully understand the process of lithography, but I have a feeling that this level of skill in lithography is easy to find.

carly said...

he has got to be one of my absolute favorite artists. his subjects are (well most of them) have bodies of the ultimate athlete - extremely cut and muscular. passionate. i love the way he works, morphing man into woman, and a somewhat obscene way. Parable 1 was probably my favorite. How does he do this? transfer? does he have a special detail pencil for the stone? much love, happy easter ya'll

Shawn said...

holy detail batman!!! this inspires me to try to concentrate on detail more and to slow my hand down! i am very loose with my work and i may work on my little details more. excellent prints

Amber said...

Wow. Amazing is the only word I can think to describe his work. The figures are beautifully rendered- he has such a focus on shape and form, and the detail! oo! I love it! The emotion in his prints is so strong as well. His statement makes so much sense after looking at his work.I also love his use of color when it is present. I just can't get over his amazing drawing skills and how he transforms these figures into almost godlike creatures on the stone. I'm in love...

chels said...

Wow his emphasis on form is incredible. Also his shading techniques are pretty outstanding! holy crap

Jillian said...

This shit is rad as hell. Awesome line, movement, detail, value, figure, pretty much everything. Definitely inspiring for the semester of drawing.

Zach Morin said...

Yes! These are AWESOME. The movement, emotion, detail is so mindblowing. These are hundreds times better than most figure photography that I see.

Allison Bayer said...

I'm really digging Kulhanek .. I feel like his prints tackle real emotion without including a lot of the one thing that is the pure emotional giveaway- the face. His prints show bodies at their dynamic points, stressing the fact that it isn't just our face that contributes to showing how we feel. It's amazing the detail and technical aspect of his work. I have to say my favorite is the Simmetry of Obesity, not just for aesthetics, but for contextual appeal.

Lisa Ulik said...

Kulhanek is a master of visually describing the human body and the gestural manners in which it moves... interacts... and exists in relation to others. There is a real emphasis of sensuality and gender in his descriptions which borders between what is beautiful and what is grotesque; making his work seem to be informed from a particular set of experiences and conditions. In reading his biography it seems likely that the oppression of the Soviet regime greatly impacted him as an artist... leading to this super-charged gesture and expression in his work. Some of his work reminds me of William Blake's because it is so lyrical [with the figure]...but also of Lucian Freud's treatment of the human form - fantastic and remarkable work.

...combed the web in search of the 1973 prints which brought him to trial. I especially wanted to see his depiction of Stalin [which got him in such trouble].
gallery.cz [expositions]


galeriekrause.ch/kulhanek-oldrich

Kirky B said...

WOW. Oldřich Kulhánek's lithographs are AMAZING. The figures in his print are just so well drawn and with incredible detail. I'm in shock. The way he address space in his print, too is awesome.

Cara said...

WOW, his prints are fascinating and really stir my mind. His figures are so strong and commanding. Even in situations of struggle, like the Fall series prints, the characters demand respect.

Bethany said...

I am blown away. I literally have no words. Homage to Franz Kafka No. 2 the eyes in that print are fascinating and intricately detailed. I may or may not be falling in love...

Jen said...

His work is simply amazing. The way he conveys movement in his figures is awesome, it sucks the viewer in. I especially love how you can see all the strokes of his crayon in his backgrounds.

Nels said...

Oldrich is right on with his philosophy. Art is all about relating to the world around you, how you perceive it, what are its truths, and what are its lies. The statement art can be used as beauty or a weapon applies here. Representing the truth is beautiful, and exposing the lies is using art as a weapon.

brat said...

pretty awesome! his work is so detailed and realistic. He really knows how to work the figure...they are all so expressive and amazing! <3<3 these prints!

Jumpy said...

Oldricks is very expressive, great depiction and work of the body and then it becomes kind of strange. It is strange and beautiful all at the same time. Trully amazing skill in his work.

Erica said...

wowwww he knows the dimensions of drawing so well, you can tell by how lifelike his litho is, seriously is awesome!very expressive

Bethany said...

I forgot to say that I love his mustache.

Sybil said...

IMPRESSSSIVE!!! I kept wanting to look at them, the figures really drew me into them and i wanted to figure them out. A+++++

Mallory_Heesch said...

Like Allison mentioned, I also think it's really interesting that he chooses to exclude the faces from the composition. It forces you to really focus on the figures rather than facial features and expressions which is what we naturally tend to do. It has, as Joel calls it, "the fucking punch".

zoe said...

I wish I could draw the figure as well as good ole Oldrich! He must be really good at the actual printing part of litho to get all the subtle values to appear...

mao said...

Wow...his lithos are so amazing. I'm speechless, I don't even know what to say about them. They are so photographic and yet so much more expressive. Absolutely amazing.

Amy Waala said...

Beautiful, beautiful work. His forms keep my eyes constantly moving around the print, taking in all the wonderful details. Good find.

Cal Stanfield said...

Oldrich Kulhanek's work is really cool. I'm very impressed. His drawings look frighteningly real. Scary stuff. The human body is a hard thing to draw, his shading is really, really great.

willison said...

i am thoroughly impressed. his work is so realisitc, he captures the texture of human skin perfectly. i especially like job no. 2 and 3.