Ira Svobodová: White Space at CES Contemporary

WhiteSpacesintextCzech painter makes her U.S. debut May 4, at CES Contemporary in Laguna Beach.

Exhibiting solo in the United States for the first time is 27-year old Czech painter, Ira Svobodová. Entitled White Space, the show is a collection of Svobodová’s recently completed series of ideological interior spaces. In her paintings and occasional sculptures she prefers an impressive abstract conception in which she plays with principles of geometry, constructivism and spatial and light effects. Her great source of inspiration is the realm of avant-garde architecture, which has been close to her heart since childhood. She paints modernist compositions of pure color tones, whether they are vivid or monochromatic. Svobodová never mixes individual colors and applies instead a laborious technique of layering special acrylic gels. During her brief career she has made her mark at both domestic and international exhibitions and her works are included in many private collections. Gallery owner and director Carl E. Smith states, “This is one of our most exciting and elegant shows to date. Ira Svobodová recently received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in the Czech Republic and maintains a highly academic studio practice. Her work has already been featured in the National Gallery and the Ministry of Culture Gallery in the Czech Republic.” Opening May 4, 6-9 p.m. Beginning May 6, Tu-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. CES Contemporary, 480 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.547.1716.


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