Ufo art gallery kraków



Juilius Reichel


Irena Kalicka

Poster by: 

Juilius Reichel

28.01.2022 – 12.03.2022

UFO Art Gallery

installation views


I had already intended earlier to use words to describe the work of Julius Reichel, a Czech painter
whose work I came across in Krakow’s UFO Gallery, mainly because this author treats a symbol the
way it should be treated: with laughter. After all, hasn’t the symbol already obscured reality for
us? Symbols have led people into wars again and again. And a word is a symbol, too. A letter,
As I remember and recall, Reichel would fill his large canvases with cascades of surrealistically
arranged symbols, emoticons, hieroglyphs, pictograms, ordinary stamps, and scrawls, sometimes
in a strip composition, row after row, thus triggering several levels of interpretation of his work
and provoking the viewer’s perception into strongly historicised time spaces. The starting point for
thinking about his painting is, after all, abstractionism, and one in which the immersion in subtly
treated colour, refined colour, combined with geometric forms and the aforementioned
hieroglyphic treatment of the symbol, where it can be found and childishly treated forms,
elements of graffiti, scribbles, almost melt together into a unique, syncretic form. One can also get
the impression that the aforementioned graffiti’s reference to cave engravings, glyphs of sorts,
and wall drawings is an attempt to find freshness in the creative process, in the work itself, and
indeed in life, despite the commercial conditioning of the art market and artistic attitudes. It is a
rescue of the child in the creator.
It’s cool. You get a sense of the naturalness of the work and of the creative process, too. The
multiplicity of all these ‘signs’ on the canvas requires large formats so that this multiplicity, with its
hecticness, would resound in perception; small formats would give the impression of half-
heartedness, incompleteness.

Robert Rybicki

About Sillyicone


  • Julius Reichel (*1981), graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, in the studio of Jiří David, is looking through intensive exploration of the changing visual code, linked to the current feeling of life, for an image matrix that will work in an actual time period or any other. He considers himself to be a modern tracker of product / content on the overall net.


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