Art in space
As the name suggests, this is a project that goes beyond the gallery itself.
“Space” can be seen as an unappreciated work of art, like a canvas without which nothing would exist. Seeing art in the context of space in its diversity brings the potential to expand the experience by a whole new dimension. So why reduce it to one building? One of the activities of the EPO1 gallery is the installation of sculptures in public space where they can be encountered
by both casual passers-by and art lovers who are purposefully seeking to experience them.
The steel lion is almost two metres tall, two and a half metres long and weighs over one and a half tonnes. It exists in two versions – one is privately owned, the other differing only in the engraved number 2 on the leg of the lion, is exhibited on Slovanské náměstí Square in Trutnov, in front of the town gallery. The people of Trutnov can therefore admire one of the most popular sculptures of modern history and observe its breathtaking transformation over the course of the four seasons.
The steel statue of the horseman was unveiled to the public in August 2020 during the Art Kus festival at the Bojiště in Trutnov. This work by the sculptor Michal Gabriel had already been previously created in smaller bronze versions , but only the KASPER KOVO company was able to fulfil the sculptor’s desire to see the horseman in a much larger scale. The statue, composed of centimetre-long stainless steel plates, is 3 m high and weighs over 2.5 tonnes.
The stainless steel sculpture of a horse was created at the turn of winter and spring 2019 for display in the public space of Karlovy Vary. The size of the steel plates creates an optical structure that emphasizes the beauty of the material and the play of light. The statue is made of more than a thousand individual segments, is 2.7 m high and weighs almost three tonnes.
Seven metres long and weighing six tonnes, the work was made in KASPER KOVO according to Michal Gabriel’s design and it consists of 2,200 one-centimetre long stainless steel plates. Winner of the main prize at the NordArt sculpture symposium in Germany.
The stainless steel statue designed by Michal Gabriel was completed in 2020, weighs 6 tonnes and measures 300 cm.
We give space to young artists
One of the main ideas and goals of EPO1 is to support young artists and make their work available to the public in the gallery space.
With this in mind, the Fresh Power project was created – an initiative as part of which we purchase sculptures by artists of the youngest generation and build their collection. This project will be part of the permanent exhibition in the EPO1 gallery.
A 4-kg work of art by Pavlína Rozsypálková made of concrete and fibreglass.
Composition No. 4
A composition that builds on the artist’s previous work, combining two main themes – interpersonal relationships and impressions of life in an industrial city.
The sculpture reflects the artist’s impression of her stay in Ostrava, where life and industry mingle and interact together.
First contact II.
To create a work depicting the first contact between a man and a woman, the artist
was inspired by themes such as love, sex and libido – especially in the context of contemporary times. The imaginary object depicting a female human figure consists of hinges assembled into simple geometric structures, complemented by biomorphic shapes placed in its body.
A work based on the format of the divination table from the Book of Changes (I Ching). The eight fields are symbols representing the basic principles of reality in Taoist cosmology, as well as the eight basic elements of nature.
Sculpture from the Attention people series, in which the artist focuses on communities and social groups. The motif of the cone is used as an attention-drawing element. It was inspired by the author’s stay in New York and her observation of the multiple, diversified communities creating a micro-world in the middle of a large metropolis.
A work relating to the legacy of ancient Egypt and the power of divinity, the daily birth of life and the triumph over death.
Machine to check the Reality of Reality
The inspiration for this work was the exploration of reality itself, the ability to perceive its true form, to distinguish truth from lies, fakes or superstition. For example, by using a machine that could give us objective insight and unambiguous answers.
A wall relief created in 2017. What served as the inspiration for this work was the theme of suburbanization, which is typical of the artist’s early work.
Power of history
There is a reconstructed chapel of St. Joseph in the village of Slavětín, about 15 minutes from the EPO1 gallery. The dilapidated building was bought by the Kasper family, redesigned beyond recognition and now linked to the EPO1 gallery with regard to its interior and exterior design and furnishings.
The interior of the chapel is dominated by a modern altar decorated with floating wire sculptures by Veronika Psotková. The composition of statues depicts St. Joseph holding baby Jesus, surrounded by figures of angels. Another work of art, a steel sculpture with the motif of a Lily, which is an attribute of St. Joseph and whose author is sculptor Michal Gabriel, is on display next to the chapel in the also revitalised and well-maintained courtyard.