Jiří Georg Dokoupil
The works from the Soap Bubble Series that the artist has been working on since the 1990s. The works exhibited were all created between 2013 and 2016. Dokoupil here redefines figurative art, articulated through his unique method of working.
Jiri Georg Dokoupil is one of the founders of the German “Wild Youth” collective. When he first started to get recognized in the art world at the beginning of the 80s, he was identified by his non-traditional working methods. His hundreds of working methods that shifted from exhibition to exhibition, which were consequences of his neo-expressionist and avant-garde approach, transformed into the Soap Bubble Series in which chemistry and art converge. In the Soap Bubble Series, the shiny bubbles that the artist has formed by combining soap solvent and pigments burst on the canvas to leave abstract marks. While at the beginning the artist appears to paint the bubbles, in reality, the artist is not who is painting the bubbles, but the one who creates them. The traces of the soap bubbles on the canvas is nothing more than the surprise encounter between chemistry and art. The abstract forms that the artist creates include endless possibilities. The electrically bright and organic bubbles evoke a lightness in the viewer while drawing them in. The hypnotizing circular movements trigger a curiosity about the vast mystery of underwater life. While the canvases appear to resemble each other, they are all actually individually unique, just like fingerprints.