22. 05. – 06. 07. 2024

Zsolt Bodoni (HUN, ROU)
Volker März (DEU)
Libor Novotný (CZE)
Wolfgang Stiller (DEU)

Curator: Tomáš Koudela

The Timeward exhibition is a meeting place for four artists from Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic, whose works connect the past, present and future. Through their art, Wolfgang Stiller, Libor Novotný, Volker März and Zsolt Bodoni form a complex visual space for reflection on the human being. Their work asks questions from the fields of identity cognition, emotional experience and technological progress, among others. The Timeward exhibition is a medium for exploring the depths of the human soul and inspires an awareness of the mutability of the time continuum. With this exhibition project, GDM Contemporary Gallery invites viewers to journey beyond the visible and would like to offer a space to reflect and discover the infinite dimensions of human existence.

Zsolt Bodoni
*1975, HUN, ROU
Hungarian artists who lives and works in Oradea, Romania. Zsolt Bodoni’s working process is based on an analysis of the past that functions as a kind of archaeology. He sources information from documents, art history and music; his work both a means of understanding and a process of recreation through forging a new view of the past from the perspective of the present. Bodoni’s paintings are more like a performance, much as classical musicians re-visit musical scores. The starting point is the reworking of old masters. First Bodoni attempts to peer beneath the glaze of the "original", searching for the skeleton underneath, then, from his own reproduction he invents new elements, or changes the proportions – a process which he describes as similar to the act of "hacking" – his role that of a virus that invades the unique masterpieces, this changing our reading of the past and redefining our understanding of originality.
Volker März
*1957, DEU
Volker März is a multi-disciplinary german artist working as a sculptor, painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performer and musician. He realized several Projects und Performances dedicated to European philosophers and thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Giordano Bruno, Martin Heidegger, Heinrich von Kleist, Marquis de Sade, George Bataille, Peter Sloterdijk, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Hans Henny Jahnn, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann and Hannah Arendt. Volker März lives and works in Berlin, exhibits solo shows across Europe since 1995, published more than 10 Artist's books, and participated in numerous group shows, among it at Kunstverein Mannheim, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and Haus am Waldsee, Berlin.
Libor Novotný
*1979, CZE
He has been working as an assistant in the Studio of drawing of the Faculty of Fine Art and Music of the University of Ostrava since 2008. Novotný already established himself as an author of intervention in public space during his studies at FU OU. The author’s interest in creating surprising stimuli for viewer attention went hand in hand with his interest in the processuality and ephemerality of a work of art, which is especially exposed in public space to various more or less predictable factors. A frequent element of his works was mostly a text translated into material form. Although Novotný is not going to give up the work with the text in the upcoming years, it is gradually being replaced by other means of expression, such as video or installation. However, the individual realizations still retain a characteristically subversive and sometimes even comical character.
Wolfgang Stiller
*1961, DEU
Wolfgang Stiller is a contemporary multimedia artist, with his art works encompassing sculpture, drawing and installation, displaying a complicated but subtle interest in bodies and organisms, human and otherwise, via scale, subject and materiality. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Stiller has lived and worked in United States, Turkey as well in Shanghai and China working as guest professor for NYU. Throughout his career, Wolfgang Stiller worked and traveled across many countries. Traveling is very important to him because it gives the artist a lot of experience and exposure to different cultures and therefore it has been very important in developing his unique oeuvre. The artist is addressing a strong societal commentary through the subject matter he chooses, however, the seriousness of it is always balanced out with playfulness, dark humor, and technical virtuosity.