Photo: Göran Gustafsson
Photo: Göran Gustafsson
Photo: Erik Flodstrand
KRÖNIKA | Chronicle
Measures: Long: 7,5m x High: 2,75 x Deep: 0,8m
Contains: 6 relief boards
"I have spent almost 20 years of my life in a rocky coastal province in western Sweden, called Bohuslän. Despite of that this area is nowadays sparsely populated so it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Archaeological finds testify that glaciers have passed over the landscape and that there have been Stone Age and Bronze Age civilizations. Vikings have also lived in these regions and there have been active fishing and shipping with barter.
I came to Bohuslän to create artworks of its beautiful granite rocks and when I even gradually discovered its fascinating history, I got inspired to create a big narrative artwork which became KRÖNIKA.
In the catalogue for KRÖNIKA I wrote the following introduction:
“Our personal memory only goes as far back as to our childhood. All other history is transferred, and is hopefully told in a true way, but sometimes it is distorted or even forgotten. The history of Bohuslän is engraved in the granite. It is so old that even experts in this field have to guess how to interpret the messages. We are given a unique possibility to visit the localities and lay a hand on any rock, which another human being has moved, carved on, shaped or in any other way used several thousand years ago in order to leave a message to us, unwittingly or deliberately. Everyone can make their own journey through time.
Extraordinary beautiful scenery and the archipelago is another feature of Bohuslän. The sea meets the skyline and on the horizon the two become one. Sometimes you do not know where one begins and the other ends. The sea glitters and the sky reflects in it. This creates a very special light, which is typical of Nordic coastal provinces. We, human beings, are touched by the beauty of all this and we glance with longing eyes towards the horizon, which unites the past and the present. All this was in my mind when I created KRÖNIKA.”
"This sculpture is part of a collection "Smooth curves". Most of the works of this collection are created of white alabaster and of this rather rare swedish marble. One is made of black
The idea of these forms is to break the generally accepted perception of stone as a hard and static material and express motion. These stones gives the feeling that they can start to move in every second.
Sculpture Wave express a dynamic tension. It is rolling. A wave in the sea. And it has the color of a wave in the sea.
I like to simplificate forms to the minimalistic and I like the soft shadows in the curves. It is interesting to observe the changing intensity of light and shadows in such a white sculpture during the day. When lighted in the darknes it changes even more.
For me the Wave represents water but it is also very aerial. Thought it has a smooth surface the crystals can be seen glittering.
I believe this sculpture makes the observer forget about its weight.
Why do I chose stone as medium? In this case because I love marble. And generally because it is durable, beautiful and ancient as the planet itself."
"I appreciate alabaster because it is partially translucent, like a material in between stone and glas. In the early Middle Ages, slabs of alabaster were used in the windows of spanish
Cathedrals instead of glas. That´s why for me alabaster is a mystical stone.
In the year 1999 I have undertaken "an exploration expedition" to northern Spain to find this special stone. I was convinced that I would find it in the that region but I didn´t know exactly where. I was looking for quarries and I was observing windows of the local Cathedrals...I have spoken to local people. After days of searching I found a quarry of alabaster near to a small village Cintruenigo. In the middle of nowhere. They actually dug in the ground with an excavator and got up big white balls of this stone. It looked like big snow bolls with lot of mud on them. I was surprised, it was something I had not expected!
I really enjoyed speaking with the owner of the quarry and listen to him when he explained everything about "his stone". Day after we shipped a load of these "snow bolls" to my workshop in Sweden. "
ABOUT IVANA MACHACKOVA
Ivana Machackova is a sculptor living in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has been fascinated by classical masterpieces of art since early childhood. She grew up in Prague and in Rome, in cultural environments, which influenced her perception of beauty and artistic values. As a child she believed that the marble statues in Rome had souls and she used to talk to them on her daily walks.
Already as a teenager she started to study art and art history. At the age of seventeen she moved from the then Communist Czechoslovakia to Sweden where she could freely learn and fully develop her art skills and ambitions. Her art has always been in a constant development. She started with painting and creating smaller stone sculptures. Later she also began to work with other materials as bronze, glass, concrete, wood and plastic. The essence of Ivana´s art work is a constant experimentation which pushes her forward, be it the choice of new materials, new techniques or new goals. Stone is the material she likes most.
Currently Ivana is specializing in large scale stone sculptures and monuments placed in public places. With 20-years experience of stone she possesses a special expertise resulting in unique works. Her sculptures have won a number of prizes and she has also been representing Sweden when participating in art events and art competitions abroad. She is a certified art consultant for vitalising public environments and works periodically also as exhibition curator.
Ivana is commissioned by city boards, construction companies, hotels, private collectors and others to give ideas, create art and to form places. Often she works in teams with architects in designing the environment where the artwork will be placed. Her artworks can be seen in cities, quay walks, parks, residential areas, in private collections, in city halls, schools and in many other places where people walk and stay. „I wish to contribute to the creation of beautiful environments which can add value to peoples everyday life, making our world a more beautiful and pleasant place.”
Domen School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, five-year art education
The University of Gothenburg, Artistic design of public space, Spring 2012
The University of Gothenburg, MA comparative linguistics.
Education in stone technology, The stone industry of Bohuslän
Education in glass, Studio Vitraj, Prague.
2015 Naturmiljö vid Älsjön, Olofstorp
2014 City Park, Lysekil
2013 City Park, Lysekil
2013 Art Exhibition Hall ”Kajutan”, Henån
2012 Seaport Marina, Hunnebostrand
2012 Eriksberg Quay Promenade, Gothenburg
2012 Park of Museum of Bohuslän, Uddevalla
2011 Seaport Marina, Hunnebostrand
2011 Eriksberg Quay Promenade,, Gothenburg
2011 Park of Museum of Bohuslän, Uddevalla
2010 Art Gallery ”Galtö”, Galtö
2010 Park of Museum of Bohuslän, Uddevalla
2009 Quay Walk of North Harbour, Lysekil
2008 Eriksberg Quay Promenade,, Gothenburg
2007 Art Exhibition Hall “Kajutan”, Henån
2007 Second preliminary exposition of “KRÖNIKA”
2007 The County Hall, Munkedal
2007 Art Club of Astra Zeneca, Mölndal
2006 First preliminary exposition of “KRÖNIKA”
2005 Art Club of Borealis, Stenungsund
2003 Art Club of Astra Zeneca, Mölndal
2002 Arvika Museum of Art, Arvika
2002 Art Club of Borealis, Stenungsund
2000 Trollhättan´s Art Exhibitions Hall “Pumphuset”
2000 Gallery Volund, Tjörn
1999 Gallery, KC-Väst, Gothenburg
1998 Gallery Nordstrand, Oslo, Norway
1997 The Cathedral of Gothenburg
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Town of Mölnlycke, Sweden
2011 Town Hall in Prague 6, Czech Republic
2008 Art Walk in Olofstorp
2007 Kvirr, Tanum Strand
2007 Art Club of Lerum
2006 Museum of Bohuslän, Uddevalla
2006 Ängelsberg Sculpture Park, Museum of Västmanlands län
2004 Art Exhibition Hall, Strömstad
2003 Sculpture Park Yuzi Paradise, Guilin, China
2002 Art Exhibition Hall, Strömstad
2001 Sculpture Park of Museum of Värmland, Karlstad
2001 Outdoor Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gothenburg
Gothenburg´s First International Art Biennal
2001 Outdoor Exhibition, Frölunda Torg, Gothenburg
2000 Gallery, KC-Väst, Gothenburg
1999 The Castle Park, Orebro
1999 Museum of Lödöse
1997 Museum of Art, Landskrona,
1996 Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare, Zimbabwe
1995 Gothenburg Museum of Art
1994 Gothenburg Museum of Art / Art Exhibition Hall
2014-2015 UNSHADE, The Business Sweden´s focus on the export of art
2010 Juried contest of designs for a memorial to Nicola Tesla in Prague, Czech Republic
2002 Sweden's representative in a World Sculptural Contest in Guilin, China
2001 Art director of Internat. Sculpture Symposium “Kulturbro”, West Sweden
1997 Sculpture Symposium, Carrara, Italy
1996 Sweden's representative at Stone Sculpture Symposium in Harare, Zimbabwe
Awards and Grants
2015 Cultural board of City of Gothenburg
2014 Business Region Gothenburg
2013 The Thordén Foundation
2012 Cultural Board of West Götaland Region
2008 The Thordén Foundation
2008 Prize for Culture from the County of Sotenäs
2008 Prize for Culture from the Region of Bohuslän
2008 Sparbankstiftelsen - Första
2008 Wilhelm and Martina Lundgren Memorial Fund
2006 Family Wikanders Foundation
2001 Wilhelm and Martina Lundgren's Memorial Fund
1999 Prize for Culture from The City of Gothenburg
1996 Bror Marklund Prize from the Museum of Örnsköldsvik
1995, -96, -98 Family Mannheimers´ Memorial Fund
Commissions in public space
2015 Fountain, Retirement homes, Kungälv
2013 Alf Palemas Memorial, Edsvära
2012 Chess Board, Residential Area, Ytterby, Kungälv
2011 Labyrinth, The North Riverside, Gothenburg
2011 Grounding, Kungälv
2011 Cosmic Heart, Kungälv
2011 Inhale-Exhale, Kungälv
2011 Navel, Kungälv
2011 Reconnection, Kungälv
2011 Abundant life, Waterside Park, Kungälv
2010 Herring, The North Harbour, Lysekil
2009 Fish,The North Riverside, Gothenburg
2009 Poseidon, Holländare Square, Gothenburg
2009 Gate to the Sea, The North Riverside, Göteborg
2008 The Wing, The Theater Aftonstjärnan, Gothenburg
2008 Water in the Stone, Växelmynt Square, Gothenburg
2008 The Sea Stones, Hunnebostrand
2008 Gate to Bohuslän, The County Hall, Kungälv
2005 The Good Luck Stone, Hunnebostrand
2005 Two Fishes, Gullmars College School, Lysekil
2004 Decoration of the courtyard, Gullmars College School, Lysekil
2004 Animals, Hedalen Nursery School, Hunnebostrand
2004 The Carving in Skalberget mountain, Hunnebostrand
2002 Stone Sculptures, Arvika county
2002 Dwelling, County Hall, Kungshamn
1999 Barque, The Gothenburg Commitee of Culture
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