Alena Foustkova, International Programs Faculty Member, Shows in New York City at Bohemian National Hall
By Francesca Cichello, director of student services, Center for International Programs
January 9, 2013
Alena Foustkova, at left, an International Programs faculty member who teaches graphic design in Lebanon and Prague, had an exhibit opening Nov. 6 – 21 at the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., New York City.
Foustkova lives and works in the Czech Republic. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with an MFA in 1982, majoring in printmaking under the guidance of professor Ladislav ?epelák. In 1984, she and her husband decided to leave the former Czechoslovakia. They moved to Toronto, Canada, becoming Canadian citizens in 1988, and in 1989 their son, Jan, was born. They returned to Prague, the Czech Republic, at the end of 1995.
Until 2009, Foustkova worked for international advertising agencies as an art director and creative director. She received numerous awards for excellence in advertising. She has devoted her time mainly to a fine arts career since 2009. Foustkova focuses in her work on social issues and the effects of media and communication on society.
At the exhibition in New York, she introduced two cycles: “Where is my home“, the title of the Czech National Anthem, signifying the author‘s interpretation of emigration and longing for a homeland. The motif of barcodes is an inspiration for the second cycle, “Seven Deadly Sins“. The barcodes represent an abstract portrait of society being dominated by commercialized structures and material values. The idea has been transformed into a series of original drawings by creating the repetition of specific barcodes with a unique pattern for each piece.