Light and Water as a Principle, is Václav Cigler’s first UK solo exhibition and explores his affinity for space and how he defines, demarcates or determines space through the use of water, light, reflections and the individual.
The works have been selected for their relationship and empathy to the space in which they are exhibited. Luminous Axis (2008), situated outside National Glass Centre’s main entrance is a horizontal line of light enclosed between two steel elements intended to establish a route in, a welcoming point. In the reception/meeting area, Spring (2008) – a cylindrical tank made of stainless steel containing water and a slanted mirrored surface – creates different reflections as visitors move around it.
In the Contemporary Gallery, existing works that use common, primary architectural elements are seen together for the first time: Different Landscape (2009); Ground Glass (2003) and a bed of light, Light Field (2009) converge in an attempt to create a unique time space for each visitor.
The architecture of Cigler’s installations, respond to National Glass Centre’s architectural space, and the materials Cigler uses reflect and respond to those of the construction of our building and its location; water, industrial girders, steel, glass and geometric design.
Co-curated by NGC and architect, Michal Motycka.