Tomáš Moravanský & Václav Stratil
Four-channel audio installation in collaboration with Václav Stratil, 9′30″, loop
7.9. - 19.10.2013 - Drdova Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
9.4. - 3.5.2015 - Plato, Ostrava, Czech Republic
In 2013 the painter and performer Václav Stratil met up with a young Slovak musician, Panáčik (Tomáš Moravanský), several times in a recording studio. As well as a guest appearance on Panáčik’s album Mrakodrap (Skyscraper) and the recording of Stratil’s songs,
another thing to come out of their meetings was the joint nine-minute composition Mrdat (Fuck).
Here Stratil returned to the emotionally charged expression of the “patient”. The dysfunctional psychopathic speech switches between prayer, sexual perversion and furious berating. However, it also contains the neuralgic points of our culture, it enters into forbidden areas of knowledge and ridicules the sacrosanct.
Peace and quiet reigned over the old continent
It was first presented as a four-channel audio installation in the summer of 2013 at the Drdová Gallery in Prague. As a bonus there was also a CD of Stratil’s first (and also best of) album Všechno bude fajn (Everything’s Going To Be Alright).
Presenting Stratil’s recordings was an unusual choice, as the public would probably have been expecting drawings, pictures and photographs. However, the word has also been part of Stratil’s creative expression throughout his whole artistic career. Several of his poetic notes have been preserved from the 1970s and 1980s, when he was part of the young generation from the semi-official art scene in Olomouc. Stratil put these in writing to make a spiritual horizon of his drawings from the time. Then in the mid-1980s the word was transferred directly to several of his legendary “large black drawings”. At the start of the 1990s the repeated word “boredom” became a leitmotif for another of his famous collections of drawings. A more complex view of Stratil’s literary work was provided by the publication of Text pacientův (The Patients’ Text) in 1993, a supplement to the collection of photographic self-portraits Řeholní pacient (The Monastic Patient) (1991 – 1994).
A virtual paradigm is made up from:
1. the description of a patient
2. the description of a monastic patient
3. the description of a priest
ad 1/ I am not a priest, I feel that I am a patient
ad 2/ I am not a patient, I feel that I am a priest
ad 3/ This concept is like the dematerialization of extensive preparations for enormous certificates, warning of a complete fading away
“Spiritual Document” The Monastic Patient was an autobiographical, spiritual-existential record as well as a postmodern, ascetic-ecstatic theatrical study in front of the lens of a communal photographer. At the same time, this four-year “photoperformance” became the starting point for several of Stratil’s subsequent time-lapse photography projects.