Patrik Proško

Representation of Good

Trafo Gallery, Prague 2014

Exhibition of the group ‘Representation’

Representation of Good

In fairy tales, the good is good and the evil is evil. But reality is different, and so neither the good nor the evil have a definite character. Both the good and the evil serve existence. The good supports it and the evil destroys it. Good is everything that supports existence and life. Evil is everything that seeks the end of existence and the death of life. It seems reasonable to open oneself to the good and enclose oneself to the evil. But... The existence of one can mean the perishing of the other, or its regulation, or it could mean the creation of something new. All this is good from the perspective of one existence. The death of one is good for the life of another. Our good does not have to be good for the rest of humanity. It is because the good does not exist by itself. It is neither hidden nor is it anywhere else. It is in us. But it also is not. In short, the good is a good servant but an evil master. That is why we need to ask about the existence of what we care about, because that is how the good will show us its true face. The good in fairy tales is nice, kind, and wise. In reality, however, it is promiscuous and willing to offer its services to anyone. Without conscience, without morality, without human values, and above all, without hesitation. Jindřich Červenák, Curator “I have always tried to get the best out of myself, and I have had the same intention in the case of the Representation of the Good exhibition in Trafo. It was really an expansion of my own good. I was attracted to the idea of using the central point of the gallery and transforming the place into a living and breathing heart. It was a central thing; I could not have had any smaller ambitions. By using the shapes of inflatable children’s toys and stuffing them in between two pillars, the installation became positively cute, and the unifying white colour has painted it to be good. It appears to have gained a bit of gas and when music was playing, it was vibrating all over. Most times, the good has a good will, it looks good, and a person feels good in its company. But only to the point until it gets too inflated. I inflated it so much that it burst in my hand. My own good became dangerous to me.”

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