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Brixton Benificiary | Hynek Martinec | The Everyday Archive
The Everyday Archive
13 – 20 February, 2019
Private View: 12 February 6 – 9pm
Brixton Beneficiary, 1st Floor, 246 Stockwell Road, London, SW99SP
The Everyday Archive is a new drawing installation by artist Hynek Martinec, an experimental departure from his practice as a painter. Working through a process of sourcing and depicting found materials directly upon the gallery space, this presentation reveals Martinec’s current reflection upon the archive and encounters.
Collected over the duration of three days, The Everyday Archive draws upon mundane materials: a Metro newspaper; a plank of wood discarded by local builders. Martinec’s compositions form the space’s walls, floors and ceilings in a temporary archival process and a style that draws upon the Old Masters, challenging the democracy of the archive and introducing humble materials into social significance.
Text by Ryan Kearney
Hynek Martinec (born Broumov, Czech Republic, 1980) lives and works in London and has exhibited extensively internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Voyage to Iceland, National Gallery Prague (2018), The Birth of Tragedies, Parafin, London (2017), Hybrid, The Factory, London (2016), Intellectual Properties, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague (2015) and Every Minute You Are Closer to Death, Parafin, London (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Fascination with Reality, Olomouc Museum of Modern Art (2017), the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, as part of the Liverpool Biennial (2014), Beyond Reality: British Painting Today at the Galerie Rudolfinium, Prague (2012) and the Prague Biennial (2009). He exhibited at the BP Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2007, 2009 and 2013, winning the Young Artist award in 2007. Martinec’s work is in private and public collections internationally including the National Gallery, Prague and the British Museum, London.