On Friday there was an opening of long awaited new exhibition of one of the most popular Czech street artist TRON. Michal Škapa belongs amongst one of the graffiti pioneers who started with graffiti in Prague in the mid 90’s. From that time he went a long way and these days you can see his art not only in the streets, but also in prestigious galleries around Prague.
This exhibition proves that he never stay on a spot and again pushing the boundaries and leaving the “competition” far behind. This exhibit is called significantly ANALFABET as here he’s mainly playing with his own unique type font, that he developed over the years and for those who are not familiar with it it’s kind of hard to read, so it’s something like graffiti cryptography. You can see this type font all over the place in many different forms – engraved 3D installations, canvas paintings, paper paint, on house video projection etc. What we like the most are the canvases painted with airbrush where Tron’s unique font is inscribed as a code into concentric circles that can evoke an old data processing media in combination with the specially designed glass neon light tubes it’s just incredible. If you would focus on the script carefully, you can find out that in the paintings there are inscribed for example quotes from his favourite music bands like Nine Inch Nails or Depeche Mode. Cherry on a cake can be the circular canvas in the back of the gallery, when someone gets closer to the painting it starts to rotate so no one can actually read it…
If you are in Prague this month, this exhibition is definitely a must see. Join us for the Alternative Tour or go and check it yourself.
Trafo gallery is opened always from Wednesday to Sunday – 3 PM to 7 PM – Address: Hall no. 14 – Holešovická tržnice, Bubenské nábř. 306/13, Prague 7 – Holešovice
Accompanying program of the exhibition:
Guided tour with Michael Škapa and Radek Wohlmuth on Thursday, March 30 – from 17 pm.
Typography workshop with the author on Thursday, April 6 between 19 to 21 hours.
Drunken Photo Report: