Article Number: 1648
Hard Cover, English, Staple Binding, 2003, Divus
Jiří Černický

Videus

A book of czech most attractive artist. Ten successful years of the first schizophrenia produced in series now in full-color with graphic design by Marek Pistora. A book that reveals art to be a ride in the clouds in skin-tight hi-tech overalls. Jiří Černický seduces us his own texts and the colorful theoretics of Tomáš Pospiszyl and Lity Barrie fill out the book.

The radical urban chic of Jíři Černický’s Hollywood–inspired sculpture is undercut by a Kafkaesque absurdity that immediately suggests a different cultural sensibility. The vanguard Czech artist makes quirky visual connections between his own European art history and cultural icons, Hollywood pop culture and today’s global youth culture. His classical references and trained craftsmanship are charged by the use of synthetic materials borrowed from today’s youth culture which Černický uses to construct an electric hybrid language which is filled with surprising twists and edgy nuances. In an interesting aesthetic reversal, Černický takes the vernacular and makes it classical — and vice versa.
For Černický art is not only a process of making unexpected connections between different cultures, histories and aesthetics — it is also a process of exploring the hidden connections between visible surfaces and invisible psychological depths to reveal the shared archetypal dynamics that underlie obvious cultural differences. In these sculptures, design and purpose are always at odds, suggesting the internal dangers of a preoccupation with outer perfection and external fixations. In Černický’s perplexing world of hidden angst things are never what they appear to be. Černický subtly undermines the banal superficiality of a fixation upon stars and cars with a tragicomic view of the fatal human cost of Hollywood’s artificial values. His perfect designer finishes and fascination with funky sci–fi gadgetry are referenced to the familiar leitmotifs of the L.A. avant–garde — but he underscores these seductive surfaces with a deeper psychological interest in the relationship between sex and death.