Pavel Odvody - Photography
June 7 - July 5, 2002 at OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Duesseldorf
It is only the shade that describes the light
This is a truly phenomenal, extremely unusual collection of novel picture themes that have barely anything to do with the uncountable daily offerings of photographed pictures in the media, taken in public places or at art museums. So Pavel Odvody's picture world may appear strange to us at first sight... we are unable to associate a visual experience with it, with only a few capable of sharing his perspective.
But at second glance, it gradually crystallizes what he is driven by. He is not concerned with exterior reality, i.e. the subjective presentation of an objective physical world. Rather, his passion lines in the visualization of an inner reality. He doesn't focus on the expression of a concrete human face, for example, but the expressive power of the face in itself; nor the beauty of a certain body, but the manner in which bodies converge into something like 'beauty', fully elementarily in changing light and moving phases; not the form or material of an object, but the conditions and stipulations needed to make the 'essence' - that which prevails over an object's transience - visually graspable.
Peter von Kornatzki