Crack Pipes, Glands, Incarnate, Life, Prodigal Son, Sick Af at National Gallery, Prague
As part of Jindrich Chalupecky Award 2018 (Laureate)
November 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Hofmann's project for the national Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2018, that he became the Laureate of, included two equally important parts: the permanent installation at the Korzo and a spectacular performance held at the Korzo and below at Studio Hrdinů.
The core of Lukáš Hofmann’s work draws on very personal moments, whether they be relationships, conversations with friends, experiences with mind altering substances or current interests (such as discovering arts and crafts and acquiring handicraft skills). However, this autobiographical quality (most visibly revealed in the intimate video exhibited outside the Korzo on the 4th floor of the permanent exhibition of the National Gallery) does not aim to tell particular stories, rather becoming a source of ambivalent sensuality and anxious emotionality. It affects the present participants while following rules that are as unstable and uncertain as the present day.
VR technology itself reduces the viewer to pure visuality, representing their abandoning of the body, which however returns in a sensual adaptation. Performers in medieval costumes replay motives from the artist’s previous events – raising up a lifeless body, choking one another in a circle, biting hands, kissing (the juiciness of kissing is referred to in the author’s pseudonym, “Saliva”).
polyethylene net, steel tube, spray colors
Matyáš Bernard Braun
The Prodigal Son
Lukas Hofmann, Scott Hopper