Kalhous, Michal / Bez názvu
fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement, 78,2 × 108 cm
purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
This photograph again displays the strong conceptual dimension that characterizes Kalhous’s approach to photography. The objects of interest in this composition are a pot and bowl – one metal and one plastic – mediating immediate, unarranged contact with the world of everyday reality. Two contexts thus merge freely – the reality of cooking and living areas. By capturing this compositional detail, Kalhous takes the human and personal story of the lived space and embodies it as an object. Again one dimension of the work is a commentary on an everyday situation, and again at the core of the work there is a disarming banality, though in this case the composition is not deliberately arranged. The depiction of two kitchen vessels lying on the floor – which strictly speaking is unhygienic and inappropriate – creates an image schema that effectively communicates a humorous absurdity.