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Jan Tichy (Czech, b. 1974) works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography; many of his works combine these elements. Using video projection as a time-based source of light, Tichy creates physical and psychic spaces in which he explores themes of concealment, obscurity, and the seen and unseen. Tichy’s use of photography in his work, tempered by his strictly formal and minimalist visual language, results in installations in which the narrative is open to interpretation.
Born in Prague, Jan Tichy moved to Israel in the mid 1990s. After studying Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tichy studied photography at Musrara School of Photography in Jerusalem and Advanced Studies in Art at Bezalel Academy in Tel Aviv. In 2007 he moved to Chicago where he earned MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Center for Contemporary Art-Tel Aviv, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art and the Spertus Museum, Chicago. Over the past three years his work has been included in exhibitions in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Venice, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York, Portland and Washington, D.C. Tichy’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Magasin 3 Stockholm Kunsthall; MoBY - Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam and Spertus Museum, Chicago.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Politics of Light
Richard Gray Gallery & No Longer Empty
Site specific installation - 196 Stanton Street, New York
October 10 - December 14, 2013
Please join Richard Gray Gallery and No Longer Empty for Jan Tichy’s panel discussion with the artist, Nicola Trezzi, US Editor of Flash Art International, and Mabel O. Wilson, Cultural Historian Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.Continue Reading
Richard Gray Gallery and No Longer Empty are pleased to announce Politics of Light, an exhibition of installation, video and site-specific work by Jan Tichy. The exhibition is located at 196 Stanton Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This will be the artist's first exhibition in New York and his second exhibition with Richard Gray. An opening reception will be held October 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, the public is welcome. Tichy will discuss his work with Nicola Trezzi (U.S. editor of Flash Art) and Mabel Wilson (Professor of Architecture, Columbia University) on November 9th at 5pm.Continue Reading
Richard Gray Gallery presents Jan Tichy's Bats, 2002-2007 at Moving Image New York, the contemporary video art fair. The fair coincides with the Armory and ADAA art fairs and runs from March 7-10, 2013.Continue Reading
Jan Tichy has been featured on ARTMargins Online in a profile piece by Susan Snodgrass, titled "Jan Tichy: Light Source".Continue Reading
Jan Tichy's site-specific Installation no. 16 (Ando) is currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago surrounding the exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion Material Translations: Japanese Fashions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Continue Reading
This fall, MoCP presents 1979:1 — 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 11 from 5-7pm.Continue Reading
Please join us at the Chicago gallery on Friday afternoon, September 21 at 2pm for an Artist Talk featuring Marc Swanson and Jan Tichy, coinciding with the exhibition opening of Muse: Exploring Inspiration. This artist talk serves as part of the public programming for Gallery Weekend Chicago, and the exhibition will be on view from September 21 through December 1, 2012.Continue Reading
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce that Jan Tichy's Things To Come will be exhibited as a part of IN/SITU of Expo Chicago.Continue Reading
This summer, MCA Chicago presents Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, a group exhibition including Jan TichyContinue Reading
The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize, Israel’s most important private prize for the arts has been awarded annually to an Israeli artist under the age of 40 since 1995.Continue Reading
Wood Street Galleries
Beginning on the evening of March 28, the last high-rise building at the Cabrini-Green housing projects (1230 N. Burling St., Chicago) will be lit up in the form of 134 LED lights, one for each apartment in the building. The light installation will be visible in the evenings during the four-week demolition period. As the building is razed, the lights will be demolished along with the building.