MMXV

together with Kirstine Roepstorff at SVIT Prague

photo Tomáš Souček and SVIT

2015

Our exhibition was conceived initially as a symbolic landscape with features referring to the ruins of ancient temples, an allegorical landscape created for the telling of mythical stories, out of which the crystals of our glass sculptures rise like flowers from dirt. MMXV brings images in materialized form back to Earth from our dream journeys through the far reaches of the universe. The individual objects are conceived to be reminiscent of decorative or functional fragments of some ancient, magical civilizations, as well as constituting an attempt at creating or evoking certain prototypes that should be intelligible even without a specific cultural categorization. The exhibition also touches on the question of what is concealed behind the term “contemporary visual trends” and offers its own spiritually conceived answer that is not burdened by the surrounding context. The choice of glass as the key material that the exhibition thematizes in various forms arose from its properties, such as fragility, transparency and its ability to record information about the process of creation in a solid, immutable form.

"The four glass objects I present in the exhibition are loosely concerned with the topic of our human origins and represent the foundation pillars of the cultural and spiritual essence of thinking that are stored in our subconscious and define and predestine our ability to understand situations and our orientation in the surrounding environment. They thus challenge the spectator also to activate the same mental strategy in reading the exhibition as a whole. The purple Zikkurat Fusion is a reference to the Mayan cultures of Latin America, a green column refers to Antiquity and its constant return, a grey tusk with engravings from the lives of prehistoric hunters and shamans refers to the “mammoth” quality within us, and a black Cubist style crystal to the virtuosity of Western thought of the last century.” – Matyáš Chochola