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Exhibition: Zora Palová & Štěpán Pala
The artist couple met in the 70s at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava while studying at the department of architectural glass lead by Vaclav Cigler. While Zora Palová initially forms her sculptures spontaneously and intuitively from clay, Štěpán Pala plans his sculptures accurately on paper or as a model.
Zora makes sculptures with fluid gestures that break or pierce a surface, like ripples on the sea, and irregularly rounded sculptures with large perforations that take away any sense of a solid, cold mass. She said in an interview “Glass is a very spiritual material, it can absorb or reflect light. It is translucent or transparent. You can use it for expressions that you could never achieve with bronze or wood.
Štepán’s artistic thinking has a universal timeless dimension: it is abstract and reveals the visual character and significance of mathematics and geometry. Space is the central theme of his work, and within this parameter he exploits the concepts, such as infinity, multiplication, division, curvature, and changes in inner structures – movement, transformation, segments of geometric bodies.
Zora Palová was born 1947 in Bratislava in the in what was then Czechoslovakia. Her work is included in many prominent public collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia; Ulster Museum in Belfast, Ireland; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England and Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg in Coburg, Germany. Recently, Palová became the recipient of the 2008 Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass; the 2007 Cristal Wing which is the Slovak State Award for the Personality of the Year and won Third Prize at the Coburger Glas Preis 2006 in Coburg, Germany. She became President of the Association of Applied Arts and Designers in 1995 and Research Professor at the University of Sunderland between 1996 till 2003.
Štěpán Pala was born 1944 in Zlin in the in what was then Czechoslovakia. His work is featured in worldwide public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; Queen Beatrix Collection in The Netherlands; Museum of Glass in Bärnbach, Austria and the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Pala is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gold Prize at the 1998 International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan; First Prize at the 1994 Slovakian Fine Bowls Competition in Bratislava and the Grand Prize at the Internationale Glaskunst Triennale in Nuremberg, Germany.