Michael Rittstein is one of the most active artists working in our country,
regardless of the number of works he has created over the many decades
of his creative life or the generation to which he belongs by virtue of his date
of birth. His approach is systematic and based on a well thought out concept.
It is the result of a storytelling passion stretching back years and a desire
to record fleeting moments, bizarre tales that may have taken place in
the world of humans or animals. He aims to materialise emotions he has
personally experienced and which are linked with a compulsive need to be
forever observing events taking place around that kickstart his imagination
and stimulate his sometimes sly sense of humour.
The book Kangaroo Tarzan that accompanies the exhibition of the same
name at the Trafo Gallery presents the last four years of Rittstein’s work as
an imaginative documentarian of his travels to the cradles of our civilisation
in time and space. As an admirer of historical events and their contribution
to the development of humankind, he recently chose to travel to India and
Mexico, and, in his memories, to Australia as the locus of his imaginary tales
(the comics Kangaroo Tarzan) or simply as an attentive and empathetic
viewer of situations and details taking place around him.
Whether this involve garbage collectors, children playing on an Indian street, a resting tramp,
a mechanic from a Mexican auto-repair shop, or the hunt for mammoths and
other wildlife in prehistoric times, these fleeting fragments of ordinary human
life that today and every day are played out around us and which we, caught
up in the accelerated rhythm of time overlook, Rittstein selects as the main
actors of his canvases, often with a careful study of movement that thus
materialises the traces of these experiences with eternal validity.
Curator,texts: Blanka Čermáková
Production: Blanka Čermáková, Dominika Vaňková
Graphic design: Jana Vahalíková
Photos: František, Zhoř, Zuzana Erbenová, Tomáš Rasl
Translation: Phil Jone
Text proofs: Tereza Hubáčková
Print: Tiskárna Helbich, s.r.o
Print Run: 500 pcs/ks
Published by Spolek Trafačka a book no.32.