David Fesl
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Since 2015 David Fesl has collected and combined objects of various provenance and quality. With the precision of a craftsman, he arranges them into compact compositions linked by a system of observed attractions and tensions. He uses small gestures to construct prototypical relics of the modern world that are carefully shielded from external definition. The individually distinguishable components of his works gradually, through the associations of the viewer, open up into a tangle of events that allow the viewer to remain inside. Fesl installs his works with an orderly precision, using judicious measures to draw attention to the presence of suppressed exhibition architecture. Here, too, he applies the same principle of unconditionality as he does in collecting and constructing his works. These works, in the context of their exhibition space, appear both vulnerable and robust; in this stable erotic tension, they point in all possible directions, especially away from themselves, while at the same time, their appeal draws viewers’ attention back.

David Fesl (b. 1995, Czech Republic) is an artist living and working in Prague. In 2020 he received his MFA from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Fesl’s recent and upcoming exhibitions include annex14, Zürich (2021); T293, Rome (2021); The Brno House of Arts, Brno (2021); and SVIT Gallery, Prague (2022). He has exhibited at Lulu, Mexico City (2021); Georg Kargl BOX, Vienna (2020); Karlin Studios, Prague (2020); Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2018); and National Gallery Prague (2016–2017) among others. Since 2016, he has been part of an artistic duo along with Sláva Sobotovičová, in which they focus mainly on the creation of institutionally critical texts and performances.




Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2021
David Fesl, Lulu by X Museum, Mexico City (3/7/21–11/9/21)

2020
The Concrete Boy, Georg Kargl BOX, Vienna (17/10/20–31/1/21)
The Weakest Nest Robber, Karlin Studios, Prague (25/6/20–16/8/20)

2018
Close Relations, City Surfer Office, Prague (17/3/18–17/4/18)
Everything Means Nothing (with Jiří Kovanda and Kateřina Holá), UM Gallery, Prague (6/9/18–13/10/21)
The Freelance DJ (with Sláva Sobotovičová), Kabinet T, Zlín (21/9/18–25/10/18)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021
ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ, curated by Edith Jeřábková and Kateřina Svatoňová, The Brno House of Arts, Brno (24/11/21–6/3/22)
Remembering What Never Existed, curated by Suzanne Friedli and Andreas Furrer, annex14, Zürich (30/10/21–18/12/21)
Friend of a Friend, Piktogram (with Zuza Golińska), Croy Nielsen (with Ben Schumacher), Damien & The Love Guru (with Christiane Blattman and HC), SVIT (with David Fesl), Piktogram, Warsaw (27/3/21–28/3/21)

2020
Resist Like Woods, curated by Edith Jeřábková, Woods — Community for Cultivation, Theory and Art (31/7/20–2/8/20)

2019
Work on the Future, curated by Václav Janoščík, Fait Gallery, Brno (5/6/19–17/8/19)

2018
Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions, curated by Pavel Büchler and Mariana Serranová, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (18/5/18–1/7/18)
Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions, curated by Pavel Büchler and Mariana Serranová, DOX, Prague (21/6/18–10/9/18)
Making Oddkin – for joy, for trouble, for volcano love, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Nisyros (7/9/18–10/9/18)

2016
Against Nature, curated by Edith Jeřábková and Chris Sharp, National Gallery, Prague (5/10/16–15/1/17)

Art Fairs

2021
Paris Internationale, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Paris (20/10/21–24/10/21)
ARCO Madrid, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Madrid (7/7/21–11/7/21)
Not Canceled: Vienna edition, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, online (2/4/21–9/4/21)

Education

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague