Jankovič, Jozef / Figure
assemblage, oil, paper on OSB board, 93 × 69 cm
This image characterizes Jankovič’s work from the 1970s and 80s, when he explored figures as grotesque, often fragmentized carriers of meaning. During this period, his existential approach, imbued with mystery, was shifting towards satire and anecdote. This work also features the striking colours that are typical of this phase in his career. The three-dimensional assemblage of materials other than paint evokes the tradition of the 1960s, when Jankovič first arrived on the art scene. The work can be symbolically read as a paraphrase of life under communism; a person’s “true face” is concealed under the veil of totalitarian power.