Kratina, Radoslav / Variable
aluminium, 22 × 22 × 13 cm
This is a typical piece from Radoslav Kratina’s late creative period, when he worked exclusively with metals (having begun his career working in wood). The piece reflects the sculptor’s artistic sensibility, straddling the boundary between rationality and the freedom offered by the possibilities of variability – as reflected in the work’s title. Viewers of Kratina’s works are no longer mere passive observers; they can actively intervene in the shape of the work and alter its composition, angular structure and directionality. This small-scale piece from 1983 is an example of this variability; it is one of many works in which Kratina used cylindrical components as the basic compositional form – such as Metal Pigeon (1979) or Variable Tubular System (1979).