Jan Tichy, Untitled, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery
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Czech artist Jan Tichy is well-versed in the mediums of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography. Often he combines them to create formal and minimalist installations with a subjective narrative. Born in Prague, he moved to Israel in the mid 1990s. After studying Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tichy studied photography at Musrara School of Photography in Jerusalem and Advanced Studies in Art at Bezalel Academy in Tel Aviv. In 2007 he moved to Chicago where he earned an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Center for Contemporary Art-Tel Aviv, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Spertus Museum, Chicago, and the MoCP (where he created a site-specific exhibition that explored the Museum’s collection). Over the past three years his work has been included in exhibitions in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Venice, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York, Portland and Washington, D.C. Tichy’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Magasin 3 Stockholm Kunsthall; MoBY - Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam and Spertus Museum, Chicago.
Jan Tichy often works with social and political themes and utilizes the Internet as a research tool. To create this untitled photo etching from 2012, Tichy conducted a search in Google Earth for the term “oil” and discovered the source image for this work: two oil tankers, loaded with oil and docked offshore to deliver their cargo via underwater pipeline. His black-and-white negative treatment of the subject evokes both Tichy’s interest in minimalism as well as his critique of powerful institutions––whether in the realm of government, technology, or the arts.