Six questions for
Filip Dvořák

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Filip Dvořák.

Artist Filip Dvořák
Lives in Hrádek nad Nisou, Czech Republic

How do you describe your own art practice?

I am working with installation, video, sculpture and mostly painting.
I work with whole show as one artwork. Individual pieces are usually untitled, but the name of the show is really important to me and serves sometimes as another piece or clue for the viewer.
I am working on the border of real and fake, noble and awkward or precious and low.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I use mixture of contemporary and archaic content and forms, in search of something deeper, something solid, consistent and independent on historical contexts.
My work is often about fakeness, theatricality and artificiality. But these are only a material to study for me. – I think that overload of artificiality can only be pointing at one thing missing in it. And that’s sincerity and maybe the truth. So I guess I could say that my art practice is about searching for the truth. – With all the problematic connotations this statement has. I am intentionally playing with big words (truth, sublime, beauty, sincerity, purpose…) with childlike curiosity what energy can create even verbalizing them today.

What was your first experience with art?

When I was like four years old or maybe younger, my mum bought me finger paints, which was colors to paint on paper using just your fingers. So that was the first time I can remember.
But I don’t know, maybe the key point was when I took evening drawing classes in my high school, I think than it started to be more and more serious for me..

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Sometimes I have some interesting discussion with my wife or my friends, sometimes I read some article, or I see picture from some medieval book, or some stain glass window or piece of architecture, or some movie with great atmosphere or props, or I go to the nature or I see some interesting unusual material, …

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need to be calm, and don’t push it too much. Then it sometimes somehow clicks all together and I can start working in my mind and building up on the idea. And then I need to produce it, so I can finally see how the idea will turn out.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I was really struck by ‘The Visitors’ work from Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Its really powerful and beautiful piece of art. Its more than two years now since I saw it, but nothing really topped it yet. From time to time I still find myself humming that melody.

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