The work of Andrea Lédlová and Jakub Tytykal is characterized by a refined search for an expression that has its basis in skepticism. However, not in melancholic skepticism, ie passive, but in ironic skepticism, ie active and creative. The two recent graduates of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts are connected both by a sense of a certain playfulness to children, but with elements correcting ironic gloom, and by a kind of inner restlessness, which drives their work forward from the beginning. While “restlessness” shapes a choice of topics, often obscure, ridiculous, polemical, playfulness contributes to finding the unusual forms that controversy, commentary, or revolt call for themselves.
Both artists use their work to create and establish a specific circle of narration focused on the motif of generational “retelling”. The starting points can be different (eg a specific work of art of the past, a specific experience, a family legend, a mythical animal, a nightmare, a film hero, a literary character, etc.). These starting points are then radically transformed by interventions in their “genetic structures”: hence defragmentation and deconstruction tendencies in Jakub Tytykal’s paintings and material anagrams emancipating “heroes” from their determined roles (birth of materialized pseudo-heroism) in drawings, sculptures and sewn objects by Andrey Lédlová.
Curator and texts: Petr Vaňous
Exhibition and Catalogue Production: Blanka Čermáková
Graphic design: Jana Vahalíková
Translation: Douglas Arellanes