DSC Gallery

Jan Vytiska

13/12/2017 - 06/01/2018

THE HEAVENS WERE COVERED IN GOLD DUST, OMINOUS SILENCE FELL UPON THE EARTH AND DARKNESS REIGNED. JAN VYTISKA IS NOT A SWINE.
These days almost no one is likely to be surprised by artwork inspired by the crude aesthetics of trash and pulp. The current trend is decadent and hugely popular. On every internet corner (blog) one can readily find severed limbs rendered in radiant colours with bold outlines that even Josef Lada could be proud of. An eyeball hanging out of its socket has become an almost inherent part of this aesthetic, analogical to the use of the flower motif in Art Nouveau. In these images, deformed bodies stripped of skin and reproductive organs stagger around with abandon, taking up various obscene poses. The elements of expression have been defined, but the motivation behind using them less so. Jan Vytiska includes a hanging eyeball and an amputated penis in almost all of his paintings and he has his own reasons for doings so, which do the rounds like modern folklore. He apparently uses the first motif because his stepbrother once told him a story about a fight he saw at a wedding party which left one of the guests with his eyeball spilling out of its socket. The origin of the severed male genitalia lies in a story told by his father who saw the corpse of an acquaintance mutilated in the same manner while on a work trip to Libya. The rest is simply the stuff of nightmares.

– Jiří Havlíček