MIRROR SPACE

925106By Mai Al Abria — Stal Gallery will host the first solo exhibition of Czech artist Rudolf Burda in the Sultanate. The exhibition is scheduled to open on Wednesday, February 15 under the auspices of Sayyida Basma bint Fakhri al Said. Hosting Rudolf’s exhibition expresses Stal Gallery’s commitment to promote a contemporary visual arts programme as well as encourage connection between local and international artists. Rudolf Burda was born in 1973 in the industrial city of Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic where he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Turnov, majoring in artistic blacksmithing.
Between the year 1992  and 1993 he interned in California, USA, and then founded his art studio back in the Czech Republic. In 2010, his journey, inspired by a fascination with glass, started. Since then, Burda has been professionally engaged in the creation of glass objects and sculptures.
925107Rudolf Burda’s art objects reveal hidden layering of clear and coloured glass and remind viewers that a ubiquitous, universal ocean of cosmic forces surrounds everything, as described by art historian, critic and curator Miroslava Hajek.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, art has adopted a series of new expressive mediums.
However, glass and crystal remain some of the most widely used materials in the context of applied arts. In recent past, the most eminent artists who comprised their works with application of glass were from Central Europe, mostly Bohemia.
925441Rudolf Burda is connected to this remarkable tradition both by his production design and free artistic creation. This develops the concept of dynamics and unity in the relationship with fundamental existential statements.
Glass and crystal are materials that somehow reconstruct the creation of natural crystals. During their execution, minerals undergo a process known  as crystallization. At a certain temperature the ore is still in a liquid state, and by cooling it solidifies to polyhedral shape. The inner composition is characterised by the perfect order of its molecules.
This harmonic structure is the reason why the natural compound derives electromagnetic force. It has 925440the ability to interact in a positive manner.
Burda is trying to preserve these qualities in his work. Additionally, he is attempting to penetrate the secrets of the material containing an enchanted space.
At the final stage, the artist is letting us experience the magical view of the infinite. Burda’s art objects reveal hidden layering of clear and colour contrasts, insights and reflections of light objects, which enable a viewer to visualize the energy field of the vital structure of his pieces.
In his creations, Rudolf Burda preserves the memory of glass and crystal transmutation. He carries out the conditions for galactic change, corresponding to the high tides and flow of life energy, connecting the macrocosm and microcosm.
It helps to address conflict energetic antagonism by returning to the primordial unity of material and energy, the physical and metaphysical symbiosis.
Burda’s exhibition concludes on March 7.