PETR STROUHAL / BIO
About my work
In my work, I use a lot of used materials, both industrial and consumer products. After cutting them up, I use the parts that were not intended for the end user to see. From these parts, I reassemble new objects and arrange them into simple compositions. I photograph the compositions or individual parts, and I move or rotate them in space during the photographic process, thereby changing their shapes and leading to their deformations. For the process, I use a large-format or mid-format camera with a specially adapted office scanner (scanner camera). This modified device allows for sequential scanning of lines, and I can move the subject on various planes (various shifts, rotation, extension, bending, shortening, etc.). The end result depends on the speed of the scanner sensor and the movements of the sensed objects that are assisted by a variety of guiding and fixing devices. The whole process is recorded digitally, and the result is one static image that is not modified in post production.
Czech, based in Prague, Czech Republic
After studying painting and multimedia (2007), Petr Strouhal has been devoted to experimenting with photographic images and producing his own photographic equipment (2014). In his earlier work, it is often possible to trace a combination of photographs and drawings, such as projections of drawings directly on photographic compositions (2012). An important aspect of Strouhal‘s current work concerns with image manipulation without the use of graphics programs: "It still deals with traditional analog photography, even though it is recorded digitally.“ His latest photographs are closer to film and animation in procedure. The scanning technology, which he has been mastering for the last few years, is based on a progressive scan of composition line by line. This allows Strouhal to apply possibilities to edit, displace and deform, while simultaneously hiding the alterations. From a procedural point of view, we could call his approach animation. The result, however, is a still im age based on trick illusion.
The Wrong Biennale-Router by Ephemeral Spaces/Albertina Museum Vienna (AT), Belvedere Museum Vienna (AT), Arsenale Venezia (IT), Pinakothek Munich (DE), USPS/Polansky Gallery(CZ), Divadlo statického objektu 4 „Fotoscénika“ /Divadlo Minor (CZ), Heavier than a death in the family/InCase.4-Intercession Gallery (UK), Theory of Ghost/Art Düsseldorf (DE), Theory of Ghost/TIC Gallery (CZ), On an Egg/Gallery 17/18 (CA), So That Black Would be Black/Měsíc ve dne Gallery (CZ), Landscape at the End of Time/National Gallery Perla (CZ), Hands/TIC Gallery (CZ), 25 miliónů čar/City Gallery Blansko (CZ), Untitled 2/Fotograf Gallery (CZ), Untitled/ Ferdinand Baumann Gallery (CZ), 6600/TIC Gallery (CZ), Prague Biennale 6 (CZ), Endoambivalenz Weihnachten/Kwadrat Gallery (DE)(CZ), Blind Love /Polansky Gallery (CZ), The Sea Through Which We All Sail /Gallery Chodovská tvrz (CZ), Circulo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife (IC), 6 Biennial of Young Artists/City Gallery (CZ), A kdy uprší ten druhej den, Element F/Moravian Gallery (CZ), She's sexy. She's hot. She's not mine/Berlinskej model (CZ), NoD Gallery (CZ), The Collectors:Live Re-Edit/The House of Arts (CZ), Photographic Slides in the Era of Homemade Media/Školská 28 Gallery (CZ), B-MOVIE /Czech Centre (RO), GRID 2010/City Amsterdam (NL), The Crypt/St Pancras Church (UK), Stars/Brno Gallery (CZ), Less than little lullaby/Organ Gallery (CI), Language without words/ Startart Gallery (IS), Siberia film night I-II/Gone Tomorrow Gallery (UK), 28/ Etc Gallery (CZ), Things are not what they seem/Polvo Gallery (US), The 4th Youth Saloon/The House of Arts (CZ), Eastern Alliance 3 / Teledivision Show/MNAC Bucharest and Kishiniev (RO)(BG), Contemporary Czech Art of Moving Images 2/Bio Světozor (CZ), Play-time/Entrance Gallery (CZ), Videobus/C2C (CZ), Loops/Brunswiker pavillon (DE), 5 Biennial of Young Artists/City Gallery (CZ), Good News. A Spelling-Book/Moravian Gallery (CZ), Karaoke/Vysočina County Gallery (CZ), 27/Eskort Gallery (CZ), Animatricks/Futura Gallery (CZ), It‘s a question of Lust/Gallery G99, Display Gallery (CZ), Young flesh/City Gallery (CZ)