“Major retrospective of the best unknown artist in the world: Marek Schovánek”
Propaganda = a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position.
It is a truism to say that a picture can tell a story. But it starts to get interesting when the same is true of an entire exhibition: in this case the individual works function as parts of an abstract vocabulary which combine to form a larger context. It is not important whether they initially seem to “fit together” in terms of form and content. On the contrary: the more diverse the character of the works included in such an exhibition may appear superficially, the broader the spectrum of messages, cross-references and associations becomes as soon as the viewer has immersed himself in this vocabulary, adding together the paintings, reliefs and modified Ready-Mades.
In the case of the Czech-Canadian artist Marek Schovánek, the result of this addition process is always more than the sum of its parts. Schovánek shows us dark landscapes and abstract stripes, letter-paintings, portraits and “images” taken from advertising; taken as a whole, they form a narrative that says a great deal about the state and possibilities of art at the beginning of the 21st century. What is an artist still capable of achieving – whether he paints, creates objects, or both – in the face of the manifold influences which confront him in the cultural and political sphere, on the personal and the social level? And to which, accordingly, he must react?