Accompanying catalog to the exhibition Metaphysical bedtimestories by artists Andrea Lédlová and Jakub Tytykalo.
The work of Andrea Lédlová and Jakub Tytykal is characterized by an artful search for an expression that has its starting point in skepticism. However, not melancholic skepticism, i.e. passive, but ironic skepticism, i.e. active and creative. The two recent graduates of Prague's AVU are united by both a sense of a certain childish playfulness, but with elements of corrective ironic sarcasm, and a kind of inner restlessness that has propelled their work forward from the beginning. While "restlessness" shapes the choice of topics, often obscure, mocking, polemical, playfulness contributes to finding unusual forms, about which polemics, commentary or revolt speak for themselves. Both artists create and establish a specific circle of narration focused on the motif of generational "retelling" through their work. . The starting points can be different (e.g. a specific work of art from the past, a specific experience, a family legend, a mythical animal, a nightmare, a movie hero, a literary character, etc.). These starting points are then radically transformed by interventions in their "genetic structures": hence the defragmentation and deconstruction tendencies in the paintings of Jakub Tytykal and the material interjections emancipating "heroes" from their determined roles (the birth of materialized pseudo-heroism) in the drawings, sculptures and sewn objects of Andrea Lédlová.
Curator and texts: Petr Vaňous
Exhibition and Catalog Production: Blanka Čermáková
Graphic design: Jana Vahalíková
Photographers: archive authors / authors' archive
Translation: Douglas Arellanes
Text proofs: Tereza Hubáčková
Print: HRG Litomyšl
Print run: 250 pcs
Published by Spolek Trafačka as its 16th publication
Issued for the exhibition that took place at Trafo Gallery on September 21 – October 25, 2018