Jiřík has finally made it to the
Rudolfinum. He has come of age as a man and an artist. Last week I got an
invitation for the opening of Jiří Černický / Divoký sny.As I have written before,
the Rudolfinum which has become the pinnacle of artistic acknowledgement within
the relatively small local artistic community. Having known Jirka for over 20 years
I was quite curious to what he has now evolved into.
His artistic path started under
communism when he enrolled to become teach Czech and art teacher which at the
time also took him to study in the Soviet Union for a short while. He later dropped out and was eventually accepted to the Academy of
Fine Arts in Prague. It was there that he met his wife artist Míša who has been his long suffering
supporter ever since. As is often the case though he has mellowed with age and
maybe even with his children.
has always played an important part in his of his work which was evident in
numerous pieces is his biggest show to date.
One of his most audacious adventures
was to hitchhike from Europe to Ethiopia and back through parts of West Africa
and the Sahara home. In the very early 90’s when most Czechs still mourned
restricted access to Croatia due to the civil war and thought that shopping in
Polish border towns was the way to go Jiří really was an explorer or unchartered lands.
Politics, dissent and anti-globalism
of course have been mainstay of his louvre; he is of course a self-respecting contemporary
artist. Conceptualism has been a guiding force.
This time George has morphed into
the philosopher inventor, a sage of the world around us. While bringing up environmentalism
or overpopulation in an engaging way he also make the viewer think of things we
come across every day.
The exhibition is very humorous with stuffed wolves and spinning halo Madonnas
and acrylic walls which comes to show that the
artist has matured with a tad of fun.He has come to conform to our notion of ageing rebel.