Pro Arts @ commons represents a public installation performance by Jakub Kalousek that attempts to raise the visibility of the invisible yet everpresent “complacency” in the contemporary culture.

The installation structure, which will be temporarily built on Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, consists of 9 x 9 x 9 feet inflatable hollow cube with artist drawings rendered on the sides. Artist will perform the inflation of the cube surrounded by all four walls using his foot pumps and battery fans. The cube will be inflated during the performance by the artist standing inside the cube and inflating the cube with a combination of the foot pumps and battery operated blowers. Inflation time is estimated to be 3 – 11 minutes.

About the Artist


Jakub Kalousek was born in 1958, in Prague, Czech Republic. He attended Graphic Arts School from 1972 to 1977 specializing in printmaking and photography. In 1978, Mr. Kalousek emigrated to the United States and in 1980, he received political asylum in San Francisco. He graduated from Holography Institute in 1979 and received B.A. in painting and printmaking at San Francisco State University. In 1985, he received M.F.A. in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Mr.Kalousek work ranges from various printmaking techniques such as lithography, intaglio, etching to mixed media and painting. In 1988, Mr. Kalousek founded Boron Press, a small independent publishing company devoted to the collaboration between international artists and writers. Mr.Kalousek’s work has been exhibited widely including San Francisco MOMA, New York MOMA. His work garnered a number of prizes and had been recipient of awards in the United States and abroad, including LEF Foundation, Rockeffeller Foundation, and Argosy Foundation. Mr.Kalousek’s work have been regularly appearing in magazines and books in the United States and abroad, as well as in animation, film, and stage design. Mr. Kalousek piques viewers curiosity by focusing on scenes of the absurd and fortuitous that he’poignantly sloughes off from the everyday life scenes” ( Uma Kartova, “ART NODALITY” ). Strong narrative aspect in Mr. Kalousek’s work appears as pentimiento to the volatile and charged figurative imagery making it ideally suited for collaboration with literary authors. Mr.Kalousek images have been regularly appearing in magazines as well as on book and CD covers as well as animated cartoons.