Antonín Mužík - Earth
Antonín Mužík works primarily with painting and drawing. His path towards recognition by the greater artistic community began without his pure artistic fervor being channelled by any systematic educational supervision. Antonín is a loner and autodidact with an exceptional sense for the fleeting atmosphere of the moment and a sensitive feeling for color. His art was undoubtedly formed by his contact with art restoration and with the artistic craft commissions that he received thanks to his natural talent.
His work can be divided into two basic areas:
First, there is the art that is more open to the viewer – imaginatively realistic works that are closely tied to life in Kutná Hora. In the melancholic spirit of days past, he captures the town’s architectural gems, its dark, lonely, winding streets, and its enchanting, picturesque hidden corners. Here and there on his desolate paintings, we spy a lost figure of a hermit, a running pedestrian, or a wandering artist bearing a certain autobiographial subtext. All in all, these canvases make a magical and fairy-tale impression with reference to the rich history of Kutná Hora.
The second, abstract, level contains poetic and meditative elements. It is this aspect of Mužík’s art that is being presented at Café Fatal with the exhibition “Earth” – recent sets of minimalist canvases, accompanied by a series of older small-scale drawings. Here, the artist draws inspiration primarily from the elementary order of nature. He sensitively obesrves nature and the noticable changes in the fauna and flora resulting from the change in seasons and in weather. He either records these changes in the form of intimate drawings, or explores them more deeply on larger surfaces as something like a painted haiku. The classical Japanese haiku and the synthesis of Mužík’s art stand on three main pillars: a poetic element, a philosophical element, and a cosmic network of relationships.
No matter whether Antonín’s art is inclined towards non-representational forms bound to the natural order of the universe, or whether it leads us on a lonely stroll across a town square, both tendencies in his work possess a shared feature: they are rooted in ancient certainties that provide a refuge from the pitfalls of our overtechnologized and dehumanized society.
The fact that his work has something to say within the context of Kutná Hora is proven by the undeniable popularity of his numerous exhibitions – at the municipal gallery and house of culture, but also at informal venues such as cafes and teahouses.
Veronika Marešová, curator