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Klára Hosnedlová

Czechia
b. 1990
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"I am interested in exploring how ornaments and design styles, as well as fictions and fashions, give rise to certain collective dreams or ideologies."

photo: Edouard Caupeil

Klára Hosnedlová was born in 1990 in Uherské Hradiště (Czech Republic). In 2009, she began her studies at the department of painting of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied under Vladimír Skrepl and Jiří Kovanda. Encouraged by her teachers, she soon found her niche: the ancient art of embroidery. Renaissance and Baroque embroideries designed by painters ended up being a good fit for Hosnedlová’s primary interest in painting. She begins by painting the base for the embroidered surface, and then embroiders onto it (frequently surreal) cut-out images of her models who are documented in photographs and arranged in life-like stories.

Her 2015 project entitled The Apartment of Doctor Vogl draws upon the heritage of a building in Plzeň (Czech Republic) designed by world-famous architect Adolf Loos. The project was inspired not only by the atmosphere of building’s interiors, built in the early decades of the 20th century, and left untouched since then, but also by the ideas expressed in Loos’ work on architectural theory, Ornament und Verbrechen (Ornament and Crime). Along with two other artists, Lucia Scerankova and Igor Hosnedl, Hosnedlová set up a group of installations in the pared-down rooms of Dr Vogl’s apartment (designed by Loos). The installation’s minimalist sculptures, reminiscent of clothes racks, as well as the paintings appearing as integral parts of the space and the colourful textile outfits designed and executed by Hosnedlová all echo Loos’ basic thesis that “the main sign of the development of culture is that the decoration of everyday objects ceases”.

Untitled, from the series The Apartment of Doctor Vogl, 2016

embroidery on canvas, 36,5 x 23,5 cm
on loan from a private collection