The work of Ondřej Vicena (1988, Prague) is a catalogue of excursions to tasteless and forbidden styles and aesthetics. It embodies a fascination of a TV child grown up on the imported junk of western commercial production. His is a style cultivated by hundreds of hours spent at flea markets searching through vans filled with stuff from burglarized German cottages. Poverty developed Vicena’s ability to find formally monumental solutions using sticks, ropes and black tape. However, cinematic sensitivity doesn’t accentuate only the idealization and dramatisation of initially obscure material; it also parodies the previously built genre. Affectation, exaggeration and theatricality are increasingly tightened and the artist himself becomes the main four-eyed character of this epic melodrama. The exhibition at the FUTURA Gallery presents a series of Vicena’s new works dealing with Van Gogh’s crows, infinite mirrors and 3D crystals.
text: Michal Novotný