Surůvka, Jiří / Czech village
wood, metal, plastic, height 35 cm
purchased 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
In this small sculptural composition, Surůvka wittily and with extreme economy of expression offers a precise characterization of the ethos of the countryside: a church, a pig, and some chicken-wire, flanked by pine-cones. This concentrated expression of village life may make us smile, but it may also inspire admiration at the artist’s cogent and minimalist composition. Although Surůvka has no formal artistic training and enjoys working in new media, his oeuvre often displays a high level of manual skill and craft, as can be seen in the carved figure of the pig here.