Artist: Jakub Choma
Exhibition title: Stepping on a Lego
Curated by: Christina Gigliotti
Venue: Polansky Gallery, Prague, The Czech Republic
Date: November 8 – December 22, 2018
Photography: Jan Kolsky / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Polansky Gallery, Prague
The engineer has stepped out for a moment. I can’t say when he’ll return. When he leaves his space, he is uneasy. He never wanders very far. The engineer doesn’t like to leave, because of the unpleasant influx of information entering his eyes and ears and brain once he does. But he must go out sometimes, if only for some air. Overheard conversations, music blasting from cars, signage screaming out various intentions. Other people’s voices permeate through him, they muddle his thoughts and merge with them, making it impossible to know which ideas are his own, and which are implanted. Imposter ideas, clichéd phrases from the outside world.
They enter his dreams!
“Don’t lose your fire”
“We’re all in this together”
Inventor. Recluse. Insomniac. Monster.
There are three reasons why stepping on a Lego is so painful. The first reason is because of the number of nerve endings we have in the soles of our feet, making them sensitive. Second, Legos have pointy corners. Third, Legos have no give and therefore transfer all of your weight and force back onto you once you’ve stepped on it. Wincing yet?
Jakub Choma (b. 1995 in Košice, Slovakia, lives and works in Prague, CZ) studies painting at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Choma uses a variety of materials and digital techniques to create works that often take the form of sculptural collages or complex, layered environments. Solo Exhibitions include Living the Gimmick at VUNU Gallery, Košice (2018), Sleepy eye, wasted time at Via Art Gallery, Prague (2017), and Life for Dummies, at Polansky Gallery, Prague (2017). His work has been recently shown in group exhibitions including Some People Are Worth Melting For at Ginny Projects, UK (2018), Reflection in a Glass Scorpion at Galerie A.M.180 in Prague (2018), SUV organized by Galerie A.M.180 at Spinnerei in Leipzig, DE (2018), First I Have to Put My Face On at Foothold in Polignano a Mare, IT (2018), Oчевидное невероятное at 427 Gallery in Riga, LV (2018), and Contours Arise from Cold Diode Rays at Horizont Galerie in Budapest (2017).