Janoušek, Vladimír / Figure
wood, sheet metal, black paint, wooden plinth, height 80 cm
This vertically oriented spatial structure consists of wooden and metal parts joined with wing-nuts; it is a typical example of the works created by Vladimír Janoušek and his wife Věra during the 1980s. It is a stylized figure, in which the individual parts can be remodelled by loosening the nuts and altering their position vis-à-vis the structure as a whole. This variability brings a degree of ambivalence to the piece. Firstly, it demonstrates how totalitarian power can “remodel” individuals. On the other hand, however, it embodies creative freedom, drawing viewers in and enabling them to participate in the free rearrangement of the elements to create new compositions.