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Gandy gallery presents OTO HUDEC - The Man who travels with Bees

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16 Mar 2016 to 13 May 2016

Gandy Gallery
Sienkiewiczova 4
811 09
Eastern Europe
T: +421 915203082
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Oto Hudec, Mirror Land, movie still, HD video, 2016
Courtesy Gandy gallery

Artists in this exhibition: Oto Hudec

The Man who travels with Bees

Opening on Tuesday March 15, 2016, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition from March 16 until May 13 

Gandy Gallery is delighted to announce the second solo exhibition by Oto Hudec at the gallery in Bratislava.

At the beginning, there was a story. This story talks about a beekeeper from Dúbravica village in central Slovakia who has built a bee house in a form of a spaceship to fly with his bees to the Mirror Land. A planet, similar to ours, hidden behind the Sun, unspoiled. Although hard to believe, this spaceship DBSP 01 (Dúbravica Beekeeper's Space Program) exists - open to visitors in the center of the village. And a man in a spacesuit with a portable beehive on his back was also spotted there.
The exhibition in Gandy gallery is a report. A museum. It is a book written through objects. Or maybe a last ode to escapism but the escapism with a purpose. Or an ode to the work of beekeepers, those who share a bond with their bees - although "stealing" their honey, they protect and care for the families. To understand bees, their behavior, one needs to be calm, patient and open minded. Beekeeping has been here for centuries, yet the character of the work hasn't changed so much - using simple, natural tools and materials. There is a hidden poetry in this work and the exhibition is also an attempt to reconstruct it.
Today, bees, one of the key element of our ecosystem are also one of the most vulnerable. The changes in agriculture, global warming and spread of illnesses threaten their existence. And ours - they are the best pollinators nature has. So it is not by an accident that from all what he could save, The Man who travels with Bees picks up these little animals.

In this exhibition a work called The Helmet will be presented for the first time. This large scale object is one of the series of works creating a complex story of a fictional character - a beekeeper - cosmonaut. It's scale allows the viewer to enter it, to walk inside of this shell, symbolically to enter the head of the hero. What the viewer will discover inside is a whole Universe, built from the names of fruits and vegetable pollinated by bees. A Universe viewed from the bee's perspective. What we might realize is that as the beekeeper travels across the space in search of a planet, a bee travels across a smaller, but equally rich universe of flowers, being a cosmonaut, an explorer on a mission, traveling in search for food but also with a task of keeping the natural cycle alive.

Multi-media artist Oto Hudec was born in Košice (1981), Slovakia, and he created his recent work in USA, Portugal and Slovakia. His paintings, drawings and prints explore both personal and social themes. He also creates video and work for public spaces about immigration, refugees and the impact of globalization on the environment. Interventions in public spaces, which combined painting and performance, include “The Skier” in Porto, Portugal and “The Night” in Valencia, Spain (both in 2008). He has also realized the wall pieces for public spaces “Regatta de Blanc” in London and “Re-cycled Memory”, a contribution to the project,“Voices From the Center” installed in three Slovak cities. His participation in “Bienal Mercosul” in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) included the video “Drawing for Filó” which addresses social themes and questions the truthfulness of human memory. In 2011 he prepared large scale drawings portraying globalized world market to cover the walls of gallery Miscellanea in Barcelona, Spain . A life size car Skoda 100L made out of plywood together with serie of aquarells and interviews, was an attempt to discover family history for the exhibition “Voices from the Center” in threewalls gallery in Chicago. His project, “The Price of Water” has been explored during a one month residency in Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA and shown in Espaço Gesto in Porto, Portugal in 2012. This year he will also present his works at group exhibitions in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and at De Appel, Amsterdam. Oto Hudec graduated as Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is member of creative team of “Make Art with Purpose”, an international platform for art that creates change. 


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