Meliš, Juraj / The Big Censor (Idea)
object, steel, stone, height 95 cm
Meliš’s iconic work embodies his creative approach, displaying a powerful robustness, directness and disregard for pleasant aesthetics. It also shows the artist’s conceptual departure from the traditional notion of sculpture and his inclination towards objects, which enable him to take a radical approach to the expression of ideas. This object is in fact a model for a monumental piece located in a public space, which was created between 1980 and 1991 and measures 350 × 150 cm. It represents an explicit critique and an uncompromising mental summary of the life of an individual in a totalitarian society. Meliš often used the word “Idea” in the titles of other works making up the cycle of the same name, such as Book – Idea I-II (1984) or Idea – L (1985–1986).