The new paintings were developed with the Soap-Bubble technique, one of Dokoupil’s most fascinating experimentation with chemistry and avant-garde approaches. These exquisite paintings are created by letting a concoction of pearlescent paints, soap water, and diamond dust in the form of a soap bubble, splash on printed canvas.The soap bubbles are masked by an iridescent fluidity of colors that when admired from up close, look as if the colors in the paintings are magically changing. The back ground allows for a three-dimensional and tangible look, making your eyes feel as if they were traveling through a distant holographic universe, or much simpler, diving in to the deep ocean surrounded by colorful jellyfishes. Jiří Georg Dokoupil is a contemporary Czech artist and founding-member of the German artist groups Mülheimer Freiheit and Junge Wilde (Wild Youth), whose focus on the exploration of contemporary expression in their art through Neo-expressionism and by challenging the simple aesthetics of Minimal and Conceptual Art.
I’d come to realize that the conceptual artist had become liars… what they had promised us was salvation, art without form. But I’d go into a gallery and there would be nothing to see, and it would be for a lot of money. That just couldn’t be it- Dokoupil
Would be fair to call Dokoupil a scientist within the arts, who has refused to confine himself to a specific aesthetic but instead works with a multitude of techniques and media. A retrospective of his work would resemble a presentation from a motley crew of artists with different ideas and techniques. His collection has built up of 60 series, depicting over 100 techniques. Including his best known; soot paintings, tire paintings and the soap bubbles, a technique he has perfected since the early 90s.
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New Paintings are on display until February 7th at Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 W. 27th Street location.
Photos By: Aesthetnik