ARTIST OF THE MONTH
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In occasion of Art Speaks Out, a programming about technical progress and natural catastrophes, ikonoTV is honoured to present Oto Hudec as 'Artist of the Month'.
Multi-media artist Oto Hudec was born in Kosice, Slovakia and he created his recent work in USA, Portugal and Slovakia. His paintings, drawings and prints explore both personal and social themes. He also creates video and works for public spaces about immigration, refugees and the impact of globalization on the environment. In 2007, his project “Million Stars Hotel” explored various ways of documenting a Moroccan landscape and its people in the Atlas Mountains through large scale painting, documentary video and sketches. In 2007 he realized first of his concerts for landscapes, when he performed “Concert for the Great Cold Valley” for 7000 feet mountains covered by snow. Interventions in public spaces, which combined painting and performance, include “The Skier” in Porto, Portugal and “The Night” in Valencia, Spain (both in 2008). He has also realized the wall pieces for public spaces “Regatta de Blanc” in London and “Re-cycled Memory”, a contribution to the project, “Voices From the Center” installed in three Slovak cities. His participation in “Bienal Mercosul” in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) included the video “Drawing for Filó” which addresses social themes and questions the truthfulness of human memory. In October 2009, as a member of Van Driver group prepared “Home” a street art intervention bringing ecological facts and home energy saving tips to Porto citizens. In the fall of 2009, he also produced his second solo exhibition “Paradise in State of Emergency” in KubikGallery, Porto (2009). In 2010, his wall piece portraying traditionally dressed African woman on skis was installed in Cova da Moura in Lisbon, a neighbourhood of mostly Cabo Verde immigrants. In 2011 he prepared large scale drawings portraying globalized world market to cover the walls of gallery Miscellanea in Barcelona, Spain (solo exhibition “Traffic Jam). A life size car Skoda 100L made out of plywood together with serie of aquarells and interviews, was an attempt to discover family history for the exhibition “Voices from the Center” in threewalls gallery in Chicago. His latest project, “The Price of Water” has been explored during a one month residency in Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA and shown in Espaço Gesto in Porto, Portugal in 2012.
Oto Hudec graduated as Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is member of creative team of “Make Art with Purpose”, an international platform for art that creates change.
Song for Geumho Dong, 04'26'' // The Price of Water, 03'17'' // The Corn Song, 06'34''
Concert for a Corn Cob, 07'10'' // Anti Manifesto,02''02 // The Time is Never Missing, 02'08''
Concert for Great Cold Valley, 10'38''
Courtesy of the Artist and Gandy Gallery