Jan Kubíček

Dislocations, dimensions, regrouping

Since the early 80s, Kubíček tried to break free from the formation of thought processes, which he considered to be exhausted. He started working with new basic shapes—circles and semicircles. These shapes were changed by different interventions. Usually he would break and dislocate these shapes using diagonal axes. He created diptychs, where the original and the modified shape would be placed next to (respectively under each other), showing off their transformation and contrast.

Over the years, a group of circles and semicircles and principles of interventions became increasingly complex, forming optical clusters, with different overlapping elements. And again—calling the viewer to decipher the laws of their transformations. The painter also returned to richer variety of colors, which he had previously abandoned.

In the second half of the 80s Kubíček added a new position to the principle of dislocation of circles and semicircles, forming two and three-part paintings (diptychs and triptychs), on which he depicted the change of the same geometric structure in two or three dimensions: linear and (more or less) areal.

Kubíček moved entirely towards a new direction in the mid 90s, where his work would feature the principle of regrouping—even though, he still continued using the systematic treatment of geometric shapes. Paintings, starting with “default matrix” are assembled in rows, in which the viewer observes the basic geometric elements that systematically change their relative positions, resulting in overlaps creating visual transformations.