Šerých, Jan / Ne
acrylic on canvas; 50 × 70 cm
purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
A pair of images which can function either separately, or as an integrated entity. When functioning together, they are naturally far more effective, as they exemplify the simple possibility of inverting the semiotic system of a common, frequently used word. While the word Czech “ne” (no) contains a certain semantic and emotive meaning, by inverting its individual letters it produces an incomprehensible, absurd and meaningless play on words, free of content. The banal anagram thus breaks down the absolute meaning of the word.