Karlíková, Olga. Swallowers, 1986. Drawing
The most important thing that Olga Karlíková brought to Czech fine art is her records of birds singing and flying, as well as the sounds of frogs, whales and other creatures. Her work began appearing in the 1960s, when Karlíková was leaving Prague more and more frequently to visit the countryside near Melnik, where she recorded birds singing. She quickly created her own graphic language, which resembled a seismic chart. The recordings developed into drawings when she went walking early in the morning to record the songs. She had a roll of paper, on which she recorded the singing for a several hours at the time, when it was the most intense, and attempted to find pictures. With delicate sketches, each time she noticed different contours of the musical spring and summer landscapes, where the air was filled with the sounds of larks, finches, warblers, ousels, willow tits, swallows, crows, and swifts, called their expert name "swallowers." The vocal cycles of bird recordings are predominant in positivist methodology. The author has devoted herself to work in fields ranging from ornithology, ethology, art convergence, and science, to philosophy. Bird songs are iconic for her.
Olga Karlíková is considered to be the founder of conceptual tendencies in Czech art.
Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
- Olga Karlíková
- Vrtálková, Anna
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