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'Nusle' is the latest illustration book from Prague-based artist Hza Bažant. Nusle is a limited edition, self published artist book released in Germany by Urban Spree on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie (03.09 / 12.09.2015).
The book contains 34 separate sheets based on the surreal graphic saga developed by the artist over the years which also exist as a print edition of - to date - 14 prints which, when juxtaposed, total 700 cm long x 140 cm large.
Deeply rooted in Prague and czech culture, each image consists of surreal images of scenes depending on a number of seemingly unrelated, dreamlike stories, but in fact deeply intertwined. Individual images are rich scenes full of symbols, taking place in the backdrop of the urban periphery, which represents the peripheral areas of the mind.
All stories are told without words, by associations, symbols, and common features. This method is chosen with the intention to provide the reader with the greatest possible freedom of interpretation. The reader is author’s partner; he may create his network of relationships between individual characters of the story. Thus, it is possible to return to the book and read a different story each time. Discovery of a new layer of meanings becomes an adventure similar to the exploration of the abandoned corners in an unfamiliar city, where discarded artifacts may create a mosaic of life stories of those who left them behind. It does not matter whether the story happened or could happen; its formation is more about us than about protagonists of the story. As literature uses words to form images, in this case we are using images to build a story. The concept of the Nusle project is based on a free play of imagination stimulated by rich visual perceptions.
Hza Bažant (b. 1979 Czechoslowakia) is a czech illustrator and puppet master.
Nusle Regular Edition
33 cm x 23,5 cm
34 separate sheet, double-sided poster, and appendix.
Czech and English.
Content, cover, and poster are printed in a combination of 5 metallic and fluorescent colors.