Part of a new group of works produced in the context of the Next Shift exhibition (2020), Untitled (Reliefs), depicts a production line of anonymous figures with a kitchen device. We are faced with the theme of everyday life, old as art itself. A theme characteristic for its universality, which can be found in the art of Antiquity as much as in the art of the 20th century inter-war period, socialist realism or contemporary art for that matter. The relief follows an automatized choreography, resembling industrialization themes, factory labor, mechanical reproduction, technological progress, motives, characteristic for inter-war figuration, and socialist sculpture produced in Czechoslovakia between the 1950’s and the 1980’s. Stripped of identity or gender, the work translates a heightened sense of robotic behavior. Identity is a crucial subject for Hulačová, namely in relation to her understanding of the contemporary man within the digital era, whose character remains ambiguous as re-shaped by the virtual reality distinctive for our present. Trapped in daily life automatization, the characters are absent of social relations and interpersonal interaction, with the machine, becoming an extension of their body. Insinuating a sense of madness and delirium, the work questions our technology-driven present through the domestic environment’s tropes.
Produced from akrystal a mix of acrylic resin and natural mineral crystals, the work becomes yet another extension of Hulačová’s wide range of techniques and materials, used to explore themes through the work’s materiality.