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.
The Key Sculpture by Jiří David symbolizes a milestone for our society. Not only in terms of its legacy of the Velvet Revolution, but also in the constant need to remember the importance of freedom of spirit, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression. That is why the cooperation of the Mikulov Art Symposium “Dílna” and the Sculpture line is extremely important for the town of Mikulov in that it was possible to return this work back to the Czech Republic. And this is precisely in the year when we commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The anniversary of the revolution, to which reference is also made of the letters encased in keys in the typographic design of common fonts used during socialism.