Glasgow International 2020

Lilian Ptáček

Lilian Ptáček (b. 1992 in London, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Materiality and process drive the production of Ptáček’s practice with a focus on the image as a ready-made material for manipulation. Ptáček works in an intuitive manner with printing and casting to investigate the spiritual and mythic powers invested in personal and cultural objects.

Currently Ptáček is casting concrete and Jesmonite into fabric molds to create large coiled sculptures which reference gargoyles and grotesques. These motifs are also considered in fabric prints where translucent colors are collaged with imagery taken from a diverse range of sources, including construction manuals and folk figureheads. Through layering and distortion of appropriated imagery, meaning is confiscated and substitutes parts of an original meaning to insinuate alternative non-linear readings.

Solo shows include: A shifting scenery of possible sets, Garrison House, New York, USA (2016).

Group exhibitions include: Fort Bravo, The Caledonia Road Church, Wave Particle, Glasgow (2017); The Law of Materials, The Glasgow Print Studios, Glasgow, U.K. (2017); GLOMA: MONO, Espacio Urg3l, Madrid, Spain (2016).

Bryony Rose, Frank Polatch, George Ridgway, Jessie Whiteley, Lewis Prosser, Lilian Ptáček, Lizzie Watts, and Megan Jones

Say What I Am Called


Say What I Am Called takes inspiration from the riddling culture of the Middle Ages to re-engage our delight in paradox, inversion and the unexpected.

At a time when boundaries are either being created or reinforced it seems more relevant than ever to parody and subvert systems of control. Come and navigate an interactive sculpture garden dominated by large obstacles and carefully crafted moments of intimacy: oil paintings encased within aluminium structures; screen-printed banners adorning the walls, ceramic mementos amidst the debris and digital avatars will guide you on your journey.

Supported by WAVEparticle as part of the award-winning Laurieston Art Strategy: Open Spaces, by Glasgow City Council through the Visual Artist & Craft Makers Award and The Eaton Fund.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon & Tue, 12 noon – 6pm
Wed & Thu, 4pm – 7pm
Fri – Sun, 12 noon – 6pm

Partially accessible

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