The work of Jiří David shows a clear inclination towards the fragmentarization of the painted surface, the use of symbols, the exploitation of medial, existential, intimate, horrifying, historical, artistic, banal, and vulgar images of the world. At the same time, everything is combined and interconnected, meanings are multiplied, disappear, wander. David’s approach to art grew out of the postmodern discourse, which in its fragmentarization reflected diverse layers of the present. Over the years, his work has diversified into numerous techniques and approaches. Besides paintings and drawings, he also works with photography and creates objects and installations – and more recently, also glass vases. In any medium, the result is almost always a convincing Davidesque aesthetitc that tries to warp or empty established rules of “beauty” while also, in a paradoxical dichotomy, aesthetically reinforcing them.
Truth and love must triumph over lies and hatred
Václav Havel: Truth and love must triumph over lies and hatred.
This legendary statement of Havel's continues to carry not only a moral imperative, i.e. a form of recommendation or example of commitment, but despite its seemingly utopian message, it is a fundamental human idea and aspiration.
The vision for the building itself was conceived in 2012 and was not realised at the time for many reasons. However, its basic idea has remained unchanged, i.e. when the human (Havel's) voice metaphorically, but in its 3D representation, penetrates impermeable walls, concrete barriers, etc. That is, through some kind of internal and external barriers, misunderstandings.
This symbolic process of breaking down the walls of evil with the power of the voice, with the power of non-violence, with the power of understanding, with the power of togetherness, thus carries the ethos of freedom and value responsibility. It also evokes the capacity of human good will not to shrink from evil and, on the contrary, to help resolve the misunderstandings that arise, to be heard. Negate aggression, humiliation, contempt, or various surviving evil atavisms in their extreme forms.
It is a message that holds our civilization against all manifestations of hatred past, present and future.