installation view of ‘klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days’ at alison jacques gallery, london

klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days alison jacques gallery, london february 27 – april 11, 2009

czech-born artist klara kristalova now lives and works in sweden. her recently opened exhibit at alison jacques gallery is her first solo london show. kristalova is known for working plaster, bronze, wood and ceramics to create small scale figures which often allude to ornamental objects. through these pieces, she tells allegorical stories that reference fairytales and folklore. for this show, kristalova has created a tall display case which houses a number of ceramic sculptures. this case makes reference to the display of ornamental objects and also refers to the psyche, ‘signifying different states of mind’ through the objects. the materiality of these unsettling characters attempts to signify their ‘imagined social awkwardness and physical fragility’.

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klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days at alison jacques gallerydetail view of ‘klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days’ at alison jacques gallery, london

klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days at alison jacques gallerydetail view of ‘klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days’ at alison jacques gallery, london

klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days at alison jacques galleryinstallation view of ‘klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days’ at alison jacques gallery, london

klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days at alison jacques galleryinstallation view of ‘klara kristalova: where the owls spend their days’ at alison jacques gallery, london

all images courtesy of the artist and alison jacques gallery, london