Lenka Novakova Rivers and Skies – My First House

Date(s): Sep 18 to Oct 23 2010

Exhibition

Lenka Novakova-Anjo, 2010

Moving the house piece by piece… The land never belonged to me — Neither I belong to the land…” – L. Novakova, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, June 2010

Lenka Novakova pulls apart the burnt remains of a house, piece by piece, rebuilding it in OBORO’s exhibition space, reconstructing not only its architecture, but an entire landscape.

On the banks of the St. Lawrence River, having discovered the fire-ravaged house while doing a residency at Est-Nord-Est (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli), the artist made it her anchorage — a place from which to study the complex and subtle phenomena that manifest themselves through sky and water. Lenka Novakova took her post within the desolate structure. She contemplated the tides, the clouds, and the variations in light, deepening her understanding of the landscape and of those traces of human memory that survive.

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Lenka Novakova-Anjo, 2010

Lenka Novakova was born in the Czech Republic, received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, and MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. Her practice is concerned with an ephemeral poetic quality, a moment of recreation and reflective thought through constructed environments, simple technologies and moving light, with crossover in cinema and theatre technologies. She has been recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, and has an active exhibition record in Canada and abroad.

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Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010

Ciels et marées – Ma première maison Rivers and Skies – My First House. Lenka Novakova – Photo Paul Litherland, 2010