Artist: Martin Horák
Curator: Michal Novotný
From 11/09/2012 to 14/10/2012
In his work, Martin Horák focuses on the interpretation of his own identity as constrained and homekeeping artist. In his pieces he reflects art scene from the position of an outsider living on the periphery, elderly man, who still waits hopelessly for appreciation, outsider whom the potential is already given, but
who struggles with his own work. Of course, he does so with exaggeration and irony, often with supererogation. Stating his paranoia also within the irony and the overstatement is delicate and cultivated, very funny as well, fearless and keen. As we can see in Horák´s work-statement of fact „The Best Artist from Olomouc“.
At the end, Horák´s finite concentration on himself closes itself while overreaching even more. He develops very specific and hardly classable aesthetic form at the interface of old-fashioned and references to art history and the latest fleeting trends. His works are based on certain honesty and stability of clearly
defined idea, which the actual realization, also thanks to its form, disrupts and pretends to drift away from it idea. The result, despite it´s obvious presence, can interpretatively work outside of the very theme of artist´s self-pity and concern rather with common and serious topics of human life, progress and results
of human work, or the difference between individual places in our world that each work deals with purely and with absolute and formal sovereignty.
Martin Horák was born and spent his whole life in Olomouc. He studied art history, but he didn´t finish the studies. He worked as a curator, dramaturgist and in many other occupations. He started to be involved in art when he was about 30 years old. And the main reason, as he says, was that one day he percieved that he could possibly do the same.