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Feb 15, 2024

Klára Hosnedlová's exhibition "GROWTH" at Kunsthalle Basel emerges as a profound exploration of the interstitial spaces between the organic and the crafted, the ancient and the post-modern.

Through the vivid juxtaposition of lunar-like formations and meticulously detailed embroidery, Hosnedlová crafts a narrative that is both alien and intimately familiar, challenging our perceptions of growth, decay, and the cyclical nature of existence.

The artist's choice of materials—sand, cast glass, and needlework—serves not merely as a medium for her art but as a metaphor for the layering of time and memory, each piece a sedimentary deposit of the past reaching into the future. The sculptures, with their hyperrealistic figural representations, embody a tension between the static nature of fossils and the dynamic narratives they encapsulate, resonating with the viewer on a deeply uncanny level.

Hosnedlová's use of cement tiles, reminiscent of the former Eastern Bloc's public spaces, further embeds her work within a specific historical and geographical narrative. These tiles, disrupted by elements of decay and remnants of a possibly dystopian event, speak to the fragility of human constructs in the face of time's relentless march. The ambiguity of these installations—oscillating between relics of a nuclear disaster, alien invasion, or the collapse of a once-ordered society—invites the viewer to ponder the impermanence of civilization itself.

The artist's integration of science fiction aesthetics with traditional silk cotton embroidery is a testament to her innovative spirit and reverence for craftsmanship. This fusion not only highlights the contrast between the handcrafted and the industrial but also serves as a narrative device, blurring the lines between past, present, and future. Hosnedlová's self-reliance on creating each piece of embroidery underscores a commitment to the authenticity and integrity of her vision, challenging the increasingly mechanized and impersonal nature of contemporary art production.

The exhibition's narrative arc, from the initial room's alien landscapes to the final room's forest of imposing, textile-based sculptures, encapsulates a journey through time and space. Hosnedlová's choice to manufacture these sculptures in the Czech Republic's last linen factory adds a poignant layer to her exploration of growth and decay, echoing the broader themes of industrial decline and the loss of traditional craftsmanship in the face of globalized production.

"GROWTH" is not just an exhibition; it is an immersive world that Hosnedlová has meticulously crafted, inviting viewers to traverse the boundaries of history, culture, and technology. It challenges us to reflect on the dual nature of growth—as both a force for creation and destruction—and to consider the legacy we leave for future generations. Through her visionary amalgamation of historical legacies, craft, and speculative futures, Hosnedlová not only questions the trajectory of human progress but also celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of an uncertain future.

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Feb 15, 2024

Klára Hosnedlová's exhibition "GROWTH" at Kunsthalle Basel emerges as a profound exploration of the interstitial spaces between the organic and the crafted, the ancient and the post-modern.

Through the vivid juxtaposition of lunar-like formations and meticulously detailed embroidery, Hosnedlová crafts a narrative that is both alien and intimately familiar, challenging our perceptions of growth, decay, and the cyclical nature of existence.

The artist's choice of materials—sand, cast glass, and needlework—serves not merely as a medium for her art but as a metaphor for the layering of time and memory, each piece a sedimentary deposit of the past reaching into the future. The sculptures, with their hyperrealistic figural representations, embody a tension between the static nature of fossils and the dynamic narratives they encapsulate, resonating with the viewer on a deeply uncanny level.

Hosnedlová's use of cement tiles, reminiscent of the former Eastern Bloc's public spaces, further embeds her work within a specific historical and geographical narrative. These tiles, disrupted by elements of decay and remnants of a possibly dystopian event, speak to the fragility of human constructs in the face of time's relentless march. The ambiguity of these installations—oscillating between relics of a nuclear disaster, alien invasion, or the collapse of a once-ordered society—invites the viewer to ponder the impermanence of civilization itself.

The artist's integration of science fiction aesthetics with traditional silk cotton embroidery is a testament to her innovative spirit and reverence for craftsmanship. This fusion not only highlights the contrast between the handcrafted and the industrial but also serves as a narrative device, blurring the lines between past, present, and future. Hosnedlová's self-reliance on creating each piece of embroidery underscores a commitment to the authenticity and integrity of her vision, challenging the increasingly mechanized and impersonal nature of contemporary art production.

The exhibition's narrative arc, from the initial room's alien landscapes to the final room's forest of imposing, textile-based sculptures, encapsulates a journey through time and space. Hosnedlová's choice to manufacture these sculptures in the Czech Republic's last linen factory adds a poignant layer to her exploration of growth and decay, echoing the broader themes of industrial decline and the loss of traditional craftsmanship in the face of globalized production.

"GROWTH" is not just an exhibition; it is an immersive world that Hosnedlová has meticulously crafted, inviting viewers to traverse the boundaries of history, culture, and technology. It challenges us to reflect on the dual nature of growth—as both a force for creation and destruction—and to consider the legacy we leave for future generations. Through her visionary amalgamation of historical legacies, craft, and speculative futures, Hosnedlová not only questions the trajectory of human progress but also celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of an uncertain future.

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