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Buchtelík, Václav / Smoke

2019

oil, canvas, 240 × 190 cm

purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

This painting, which does not feature any figures, shows the façade of Ostrava’s House of Art. The painter has a close personal connection with this building, and he often uses it as a visual sign. A thick column of black smoke emanates from the gallery’s purist geometry. In Buchtelík’s imagination, this institution – which exists to present art to people, and is thus primarily a place for quiet contemplation – is transformed into a hostile, smoke-filled environment. The ominous red background makes the image even less harmonious. This is one of Buchtelík’s most accomplished works, accentuating the visual tension between two incompatible elements, which are combined to create a staged scene almost in a Baroque manner.

BUCHTELÍK VÁCLAV

(1990, Karviná) Painter and collage artist. After studying at the secondary art school in Ostrava (applied art, Aleš Hudeček), he went on to study under Daniel Balabán at the painting studio of the University of Ostrava’s Faculty of Education (2010–2015). In his paintings, Buchtelík addresses and explores various forms of anxiety and terror, which are set in contrast with narratives presented by communist propaganda. His works are often based on collages consisting of cuttings taken from communist-era books celebrating the “blossoming” of a new socialist society. May Day parades, images of heavy industrial production, gardens in bloom, carousels, and gymnastics displays – Buchtelík visually integrates these images with demonic backgrounds dominated by explosions, volcanic magma, molten steel and clouds of smoke. Symbols of “bright tomorrows” are situated against an infernal background. An interesting aspect of these paintings is the fact that the figures appear unaware of their own participation in the scenes; they are calm and unruffled. An interpretative reading of Buchtelík’s works can suggest a criticism of the blindness of communist society, which appears paralyzed when confronted with the demonic forces of disintegration. Buchtelík has a deep knowledge of art history, and his paintings often contain indirect allusions to specific works or artistic periods. However, he does not engage in pastiche; rather he conveys moods, such as Baroque expressivity. A frequent motif in his works is the artistic paraphrase of torn or peeling layers of paper; this can be interpreted as a representation of the layers of reality, the illusoriness of images, or the rawness of life, which often tears and rips our plans (and our lives) to pieces.
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