born in Prague, Czech Republic
based in The Hague, Netherlands
Small scale sculpture reflecting the grind behind becoming a Grand Master in a videogame. During this complicated and time consuming process the player is truly dedicating part of his/her life to a seemingly worthless achievement. GM 489 is a statue to those who tried and eventually realised that path goes nowhere. The inspiration is drawn from a moment in 2018 when Blizzard announced the end of support for professional scene of Heroes of the Storm and I had the opportunity to watch many professional streamers and you-tube constant creators woke up from a day dream.
fabric, clay and acrylic paint on PLA
Relief depicting a small man on a conquest of achievement unaware of his arrival to the well of healing.
raw pigment on PLA
Digital landscapes that I made thru out last few years, now printed on silk.
Digital print on silk
The Titan on his way to the future
inks on PLA plastic
Pigment, inks and clay on PLA
This relief is inspired by a place in Quake 3 Arena, this place or image has stuck in my head sice very young age. Therefore i had the urge to make it into a painting/relief to imortalize it.
acrylic on PLA and fiber glass.
relief and painting together
acrylic and clay on canvas and PLA
This is a mid size sculpture of a human figure created through 3-D printing, and spray-paint. It represents a humble man who is lost and by circumstances forced to grab guns and go fight for his life; at the same time he is a player, a game avatar, depicted humorously aiming straight into the wall. One switches identity during gameplay: from a humble, boring person to hero full of attitude. The texts and words that cover this figure are typical for video-game chats. The figure is lost between two worlds, two personalities, reality and virtual reality. He/she is replacing the goals for those from the video-game but physically still remaining in reality
paint on PLA and MDF.
This is a series of “photos” taken from Google Earth travels. Google Earth 1.0 was launched in 2005, with the idea to create a 3D globe by using Sketch-up software where individual people and companies would fill in the globe’s surface. This project was changed in 2017 to Google Earth 2.0, in which all the old 3D models are being replaced by new models based on trigonometrical scanning of the globe. In this series I wanted to pay tribute to those who built the world themselves and save some of the most interesting models I found.
9x16 cm each
Series of 16 digital color print on photo paper, framed
the series as shown in the Goethe Institute, Rotterdam
all the images are taken from google earth
On the occasion of a performance event at Future Farm Festival, I cut out the face-cams of game streamers from twich.tv, and streamed that during the event. Together the faces create a random conversation among the streamers drawn from their endless monomaniac monologues on the web. As such the work reflects the endless and pointless stream of information we are exposed to on daily basis.
installation and video stream
computer, chair, mess on the table and online video stream.
(Screen shot of video documentation, and display of installation at Prospects and Concepts)
This sculpture depicts a secret well, guarded by statues, all in a classical vein. Whereas in mythology a well is often interpreted as a source of knowledge and wisdom, in video-games it is often related to regenerating health. In this sculpture, the well is guarded by four self-designed mythological figures that inspired by the visual language of games yet each representing a pressing social expectation spurred by neo-liberalism: Wealth, Obedience, Knowledge and Beauty.
The sculpture while on display during Prospects and Concepts (Art Rotterdam). While looking at the sculpture one is attracted to come closer and look into the well and see a tunnel with light at the end. It is the suggestion of stretching space or two colliding worlds.
light, paint on ABS and MDF.
This is an interactive sculpture, a variant on the previous one. The user can activate it by touching the (expressively decorated) metal parts in the stand and it will create screaming sounds and light the key inside. Compared to the previous one, this sculpture is more artistically reworked and more enigmatic.
paint on wood and modeling plaster, acrylic, light, sound and motor oil
This is an interactive sculpture. The user can activate it by touching the metal parts of the structure, which will then boast screaming sounds and lighting the key inside.
In this sculpture I explore the topic of keys as a collectable item in video games. It is an introspective work. Regardless of the exhibition where it is exposed, it holds its own inner space and logic; touching it is actually a challenge, as it looks a bit spooky. Yet one is rewarded by touching it: the sculpture screams back at you while it uncovers its secret part. The work incorporates the idea of suffering for reward.
acrylic, light, electronics, paper and paint on MDF
These pictures document my contribution in the IDDQD group exhibition in Prague. In this small-scaled sculpture I dig into the vanitas rhetoric so ubiquitous in art history, and in games. This piece refers to the old but iconic game Doom that uses the image of a skull for tokens with which one can open virtual doors. In the context of video-games, matters of death and after-death are reduced to a simple re-spawn or restart.
light, mist, paint on ABS and MDF
series of small sculptures that visualised the endless virtual landscape of social media network. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube are spreading around our everyday life and filling increasingly more virtual space in the daily life. In this work I address this new phenomenon in simple effect where the landscape spreads through the semitransparent glass the closer you get so see it. The viewer/consumer is invited to for ever wonder through the four seasons of never changing reality.
semitransparent mirro, abs plastic and mdf
An installation made with simple materials that put the viewer physically amidst a space that resembles a virtual space. More specifically it explores the imagination of fluid matter in digital environments. The Instalation is an abstract construction, but that at the same time depicts water floating down from a simple cube floating in the space. The inspiration comes from a video game Minecraft
paper on wood construction, made specifical for Pavilon - space in Prague
Colaborative instalation with Katerina Konarovska that reflects state of mind between vigil and dreaming. For highliting the content and visual experience I chose to work the the iconinc game Age of Empires.
the exhibiton was part of PIP Expo, "technology in your bed"
series of sculptures exploring the idea of basic elements of video games. they goes as follow from the lowest to the highest of strenght: Fire, Water, Acid, and Blood. Each element is depicted in fomr of landscape and placed onto its hierarchical position.
abs plastic, mist and levitation
This small-scale installation, here pictured as part of Fusion festival, Foam (Amsterdam), is made to fit into a cubical in an internet cafe. Taking a clue from (often anonymous) computer tutorials, the viewer is seduced with the possibility of knowing more about the enigmatic Deep Internet. This tutorial is very convincing, up to certain point. The video is displayed as if the computer is controlling itself, displayed next to a small and also enigmatically levitating object, and a painting.
computer with video, painting and small levitating sculpture.
work that was made for this show in place called Balcony in The Hague
An installation made with simple materials that put the viewer physically amidst a space that resembles a virtual space. More specifically it explores the imagination of fluid matter in digital environments. The sculpture is an abstract construction, but that at the same time depicts lava floating down from a mountain in a way it can be created in the popular videogame Minecraft – even without a mountain.
paper on wood construction, and backdrop on walls (exhibition in Moose space, The Hague).
This is a somewhat ironic take on my previous works dealing with space, time and superposition, and the seeming almighty power offered as gamer in a game. That position is here mingled with the real experience of a dish-washing side job that is so often the fate of an starting artist.
acrylic, oil and paper on canvas in specially shaped frame
First sculpture, sketch where I used mist as a element in my work.
The title of this work is inspired by quantum mechanics and the phenomenon of quantum superposition. Video games are fascinating because they unconsciously carry fundamental concepts of spirituality and science. One is of course that it puts the user/viewer in the center of the world, and/or as God. Here I used special technique of transferring laserprint on paper in many layers on the canvas.
paper print on canvas
In this work I continue to reflect on digital space (ambiguous composition) and time (repetition and difference), now also introducing computer generated images on the canvas. They appear as frames, or portals. Both the picture frame in art painting and the portal in digital worlds teleport the viewer easily to another reality.
acrylic, oil and paper on canvas
Real was a short video game made in 2015 for exhibtion in GEM now or never #3
Unfortunately the game is not updated and therefor not playable anymore.
This is a more abstract variation of my painting that reflects on the perception, and experience, of space, objects and time in the digital environment.
acrylic, oil and paper on canvas
In 2015 I started a number of paintings in which I render through painterly means aspects of space and time of video-games. In ‘Arena’ the composition reflects the spatial ambiguity of a 3-dimenional game-world on a flat computer screen, and the chronologic ambiguity of a game-in-progress under the conditions of circular time. The first through the use of collage and paint, the second through repetition and difference.
acrylic, oil and paper on canvas
This sculpture is a follow up of ‘Corridor’ in which I research the depiction and definition of space in the digitally created world.
metal and paint on MDF
The photograph shows the inside of a suspended sculpture. One can peek inside through a hole that looks like a tiny door.
This my first work that deals with so-called Digital Realism. It resembles the very unique element that can only be found in digitally created spaces: the endless, undefined space that surrounds everything else that is defined.
light, paint on MDF
The Czech republic went through a lot of changes in the 1990s and I grew up amidst the introduction of capitalism in the country. In general, my work still reflects that experience, as it revolves around the social pressures of today. I became specifically intrigued by the internet and video games, and was captivated by the strange world of digital possibilities. After high school – where I acquired some design skills – I did voluntary work in Germany and attended art and theatre workshops. After that, I studied Fine Art at the Royal Academy in The Hague.
I started off with painting, researching the qualities of the flat surface and suggestions of space. From painting and collage I developed sculptural work. I work with, and respond to, the visual aesthetics of video/internet-games. Gradually I started to reflect on other aspects of the game world, such as its primal religious dimension, its seductive incitements, its fetishism, and the obsessiveness. My sculptures became less formally restricted, indeed more playful themselves.
Now I use various media, including digital media and aspects of programming, however I am an artist in the first place who responds artistically to the important popular phenomenon of the gaming world: through materiality, physical spaces, and a sense of sociability. I use the strangeness, seductiveness and obtrusiveness of gaming that is so present in daily live as a signifier of what I perceive as a global social crises. Gaming language, symbols, depictions and environments are appropriated from a (our) spiritual past. I use these aspects reversely, and creatively, to reflect on the confusion and loss, in what I improvisationally call ”digital realism”. Digital realism is in my opinion work that realistically approaches digital forms. It should not be confused with realistic images made in digital medium.
I’ve participated in art exhibitions and in spaces not dedicated to fine art alone, including the internet. I’m aware of post-internet art and the aesthetic powers of the gaming industry itself. However, I develop an artistic language that doesn’t fit neither of these categories, and want to pursue that further.