Painting on car torso, object 150 x 100 x 90 cm
Private collection of COLLET PRAGUE | MUNICH
The Un-shape is about shape and its mystification. It is an object created by selection, painting, and a specific method of installation where I chose a part of a car and suppressed its original function, material, and technical design. The colour unification in black and white suppresses the original material, and the manifold shapes highlighted by white lines grab the attention to such a degree that recognizing the original function of the shape becomes secondary. This mystification is enhanced by hand-made contouring which is very inaccurate and shaky, thanks to which the initial technical design of the car is suppressed and the object gains an organic character. This is where the primary association to the word “monster” comes from.* The negative prefix added to the word “tvor” [“a being”] offers an interpretation that a “netvor” [“a monster”] is not a “tvor” [“a being”].** But that is also a bit of a mystification, since a “netvor” is obviously primarily a “tvor”, just as an “un-shape” is primarily a shape. Therefore, the difference between those words lies somewhere else than in their lexical root. The overall uncertainty about what kind of shape this really is, is intensified by its installation in a different position than which it was originally created for – in this case it is upside down. *The original name of the artwork in Czech is 'Netvar’ (literally “Un-shape” or “Non-shape”) which sounds similar to the Czech word “netvor” which means “monster”. **The root “tvor” means “a being” in Czech and adding the negative prefix “ne-“ would imply that a monster (“netvor”) is not a being.