Josef Marek – Freed from Gravity
Key Points (selection)
Born 1963 in the Czech Republic // 1978-1982 Secondary School of Glassmaking, Kamenický Šenov // 1990-1996 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague (Czech Republic) // 1994-1995 Alfred University, New York (USA) // 1997-2000 Visiting Professor, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama (Japan) // Meneghetti International Art Prize’17
Public Collections (selection)
Východoceské museum mesta Pardubic, Pardubice (Czech Republic) // Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld // Achilles – Stiftung, Hamburg (Germany) // MUDAC-Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne (Switzerland) // Toyama Museum of Glass, Toyama (Japan) // Art collection of Biblioteka, Alexandria (Egypt)
Sculptor M.A. Josef Marek is ranked between foremost living artists working with glass. Josef uses natural qualities of glass mass and its ability to create the feeling of depth in a very short space. His practical sculptural training, exceptional talent and strong imagination gives him the advantage to approach this extraordinary medium from many different directions. Josef, in his simple, nearly minimalistic forms – perhaps influenced by his long stay in Japan – creates unreal spaces with mysterious feeling or creating objects sometime in impossible positions denying gravity.