Michal Gabriel is one of the most distinct sculptors from the generation of the turn of the 1980s and 1990s (the Stubborn art group). His mainly figurative sculptures of most diverse materials refer to the sculpture of the Classical Antiquity, at the same time employing post-modern morphology abounding with references and play as well as persiflage. Gabriel first attracted attention in the 1980 at the so-called “Confrontations” [Konfrontace] – one of the few unofficial and prestigious exhibitions held in the Czech Republic in that period. He specialized in anthropomorphic and zoomorphic subjects. The pivot of his oeuvre is man and the issues of human existence, always submitted with a hint of ironic distance. Gabriel often works with myths and archetypes and his works are inhabited by various mythical creatures and symbolical animals. The artist often switches from monumental objects to almost miniature artifacts, featuring either things of everyday use (e.g. garden-picked vegetables) or abstract, mysterious objects. He implements foreign objects taken from reality to his sculptures – for example nutshells, butterfly wings and children’s toys. His robust morphology as well as his courage to work with realism presently makes him an unmistakable sculptor. Gabriel was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize and is the rector of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno.
GREEN SPACE 2011