Color Pop at the Polasek

If it's been a while since you visited the Polasek Museum, you should go this fall.  The show that just opened is Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kaláb which runs from August 28th to December 2nd.  The precision, the color, the giant rainbow dot wall, the puzzle piece sculpture on the lawn and the jawbreaker shaped beauty at the entrance are all pieces you have GOT TO SEE.

Jan Kaláb is a Czech graffiti artist known as POINT.  He has shown internationally and is known for his innovative 3-D graffiti.  This show is timed perfectly as it's the 100th anniversary of the Czech Republic and honors the heritage of the museum's founder, Albin Polasek. 

Perfect show for all ages.  Exceptional show if you love being mesmerized by color and shape and precision.  Check out these few photos for a quick look:

 POINT SHIP, Plywood (Aqua-colored triangular, outdoor sculpture in back gardens)

POINT SHIP, Plywood (Aqua-colored triangular, outdoor sculpture in back gardens)

 

Rachel Frisby is the curator of the Polasek and gave me some inside info about some of the pieces on display.  "This outdoor sculpture is an example of 3-D graffiti as the artist has designed this composition using his tag name of POINT. Each letter of the word makes up the structure's skeleton; a subtle reference to the artist's street art roots." 

The outdoor sculpture in front of the museum is a "playful nod to repetitive geometry and shape, a concept which can be seen through his collection in the form of colorful dots and circles."  This one reminds me of a stack of Gobstopper candy.  Remember those tiny jawbreakers that were layers of color?  Or maybe a Japanese robot that would suddenly come to life and be able to serve me juices or sweep the room.

 
 MECHANICAL PLANET, Resin/Fiberglass (Outdoor sculpture in front of museum - colored spheres)

MECHANICAL PLANET, Resin/Fiberglass (Outdoor sculpture in front of museum - colored spheres)

 
It is natural evolution, from rage to concentration. We are grown up now.
— Jan Kaláb

If you're searching for Kaláb, be sure to search for his work using the word CAKES as well.  His street art was started under this name and more recently he's gone by POINT.  Here's an interview with the artist from 2013 in Global Street Art.  And you can check out another interview with Widewalls in 2015.

 
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Albin Polasek Museum

633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
polasek.org
Tuesday - Saturday: 10AM-4PM, Sunday: 1-4PM, Monday: CLOSED

Don't miss the Meet & Greet with the artist on December 2, 2018 from 2-4PM.