Up, Bolb

Federico Díaz, Up, Bolb Federico Díaz, Up, Bolb

Up, Bolb


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polyamide, bronze, silver, thermally curved glass, construction made of carbon fibers, 800 x 300 x 120 mm


Collection of the Jana & Milan Jelinek Foundation, Switzerland, Florida, USA


The Jindřich Chalupecký Award for 1997 – Veronika Bromová, Jiří Černický, Federico Díaz, Roman Franta, Jiří Příhoda, Old Royal Palace, Gothic Level, Prague, Czech Republic, 1997; L‘Art du Monde 98, Passage de Retz, Paris, France, 1998; Bolb, Galerie Václava Špály, Prague, Czech Republic, 1998; Neplánované spojení. Stipendisté Jana a Milan Jelínek Foundation 1990–1998, Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999; Aktuální nekonečno / Actual Infinity, City Gallery Prague, Municipal Library, Prague, Czech Republic, 2000


Martin Ličko


Up is the materialisation of Díaz’s interest in theoretic issues concerning the issues of universe formation and evolution. These issues permeate the humane line of his work, the interest in a human in his natural environment and environment deformed by the current technologic, social and economic reality. Up is a specific vision which directly illustrates the reality of a black hole that is not possible to experience physically. It is a deformation of space caused by the immense concentration of the matter and energy in an extremely small space. Two transparent glass panels are connected by glass tube in two layers. There is an absolute narrowing in its centre. At first sight, this literal materialisation of physical and mathematical theories may again refer to the process of human thinking and opening and closing of one’s soul to one’s natural environment.