Rudolf Samohejl (b.1987, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia) is a visual artist living and working between Prague, the Czech Republic and Brussels, Belgium. He graduated from the Academy of Art Architecture and Design in Prague.
Samohejl classifies his works as “sculptural situations.” As opposed to installations, his works are moreso experiences than presentations, drawing their strength from an active audience and oftentimes incorporating audience interaction. Samohejl’s work is not restricted to any one medium or material – instead the medium and material are specific to the concept and space he is working with. In the past, Samohejl has worked with concrete, found materials, and 3D-printed objects, among others. He has worked in a wide variety of disciplines, including video, performance, and drawing. Samohejl frequently draws processes and aesthetics from design and architecture. He is concerned with the present and future, particularly dealing with issues of technology, urbanism, and mass consumption. He is most interested in the physical and mental impact of these systems on the individual.
Samohejl’s works reveal to us what goes unseen. They reveal what we take for granted: the systems that shape our lives, and yet are too large and complex to question. His situations disrupt our habits, thus illuminating and creating space to question them. In recent years, Samohejl has created “natural virtual realities,” using low-tech materials to speak about problems in high-tech. He often employs humor as a method of disruption. The unexpected size and construction of his works may undermine the context that a viewer might rely on to understand the work, thus liberating their relationship to it.
The core of Samohejl’s current work can be found in the human obsession with an abstract future and the obsessive desire to project itself onto this imagined existence.
Samohejl’s work has been exhibited in the Czech Republic and abroad since 2010. He received the Jan Naaijkens Prize 2015 in the Netherlands and was a finalist of ESSL Art Award in 2013. Samohejl has completed residencies at such institutions as AIR Sandnes (Norway), Flow East Art Hub Prague, INI Project Prague, Space Called Place (Krakow, Poland) and Egon Schiele Art Center (Český Krumlov).read more