Jan Tichy Decomposition #13 Mask
Jan Tichy Decomposition #13 Mask

Jan Tichy Decomposition #13 Mask

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Courtesy of the artist. Jan Tichy's On the Decomposition a Plane, Type 13, is inspired by tiling patterns, also called tessellations.  These tessellations are produced by irregular pentagons that can be fit together on a flat surface without overlapping or gaps. Something of a mathematical curiosity, there are currently fifteen such pentagons (the most recent having been discovered in 2015) with the possibility that still more will emerge over time. The tessellations are further enhanced by Tichy's use of multi-layered silk screening technique using shades of pure black gradating to pure white, corresponding to American photographer, Ansel Adams' Zone System, which established eleven "stops" of perceptible hues. Tichy's silkscreens underscore the illusion of three dimensions implicit in the very forms of the tessellated pentagons through a similar gradation of hues.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jan Tichy is a contemporary artist and educator. Working at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, and photography, his conceptual work is socially and politically engaged. Born in Prague in 1974, Tichy studied art in Israel before earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography. Tichy has had solo exhibitions at the MCA Chicago; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago; CCA Tel Aviv; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; No Longer Empty, NY and Chicago Cultural Center among others. In 2011, he created Project Cabrini Green , a community-based art project that illuminated with spoken word the last high rise building at the Cabrini Green Housing Projects in Chicago during its month long demolition. In 2014 Tichy started to work on a long-term, NEA supported, community project in Gary, IN—the Heat Light Water Project.

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