Jan Jakub Kotík
"Accomplished with precision and in complexity, the projects of Jan Jakub Kotík often speak in politically engaged voice. In his objects Kotík makes use of unexpected materials and their combinations, finding inspiration also in the world of communication media and their mechanisms." (Jury Statement)
Jan Jakub Kotík (1972-2007) graduated from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and paid study visits to the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, the studios of Pavel Nešleha and Kurt Gebauer. What is distinctive about his art is its critical content, commenting on the US politics as well as general lack of transparency in global political developments, accumulation of power, control or information handling. In his social criticism he points out the averted side of consumerism and the intertwining between industry, design and military business. Kotík worked especially with the medium of statue, object and installation. His works were shown at a number of group exhibitions around the world, and he is the author of just as many solo exhibitions both in Czech and international contexts. Jan Jakub Kotík died prematurely in 2007.