Lasvit

Monster Cabaret

17 - 22 April 2018
Teatro Gerolamo
Piazza Ceasare Beccaria 8, Milan

The Caravans Of Monsters by Vladimír Kopecký

The last guardian dog was the initial inspiration for his series of monsters. „Mill-wheels, big dog eyes, grin, angry dog…“ –Kopecký names some of the associations which ran through his mind

Bio

Vladimír Kopecký was born in 1931 in Svojanov. He handles paint in a way that would categorize him as a painter, yet his capacity to master other forms of expression emphasize his versatility in both thought and technique. One of his teachers was the legendary Czech artist René Roubíček (author of yet another monster in the Lasvit collection).

Kopecký has been equally fascinated by exact geometry as much as by expressive, gestural techniques. As he himself describes it: “I love absolute silence and space storms. When I get the first, I desire the second.

”The first guardian dog has eyes as blackthorns, the second as plums, another as pies, another as plates…. and the last one, the one at the gates of Hell, has huge eyes as big as mill-wheels,“ tells Vladimír Kopecký the fairytale about the guardian dogs he used to love as a child.

The last guardian dog was the initial inspiration for his series of monsters. „Mill-wheels, big dog eyes, grin, angry dog…“ –Kopecký names some of the associations which ran through his mind.

To materialize his vision, he used the technique which he named back in the 60s – “ugly glass“. The paintings resembling the monster are made by using glass colors and painting with them on glass slabs. The slabs are then baked in the furnace and pressed together. The final monster thus gets a spatial dimension

My monsters

What are your private monsters?

Something huge and horrible that bends over us and scares us, always from above. But I am not truly afraid of it.

What was the monster you were afraid of in your childhood?

I was afraid of wind howling down the chimney like a banshee.

What are the most frightening monsters of today?

The monster which has been with us for ages is the secret of being itself, a secret which we will never fully uncover. Existence is only a wisp of air, a pollutant wafting around the stunning void which dazzles us.

Find your monsters

Teatro Gerolamo

Piazza Cesare Becaria 8, Milan

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