Adam Velisek, Sculptor
When we asked Adam about his inspiration, we were nicely surprised by his answer. The young artist derives ideas for his ultra-modern sculptures from the arts of the distant past. Adam’s sculptures are rich in cultural and historical references and draw attention to current issues, such as consumerism and global warming.
Dog Torsos is a series of ceramic sculptures. The material, ceramics, is one of the oldest, and the dog shapes were inspired by Ancient Greek vessels. They look delicate, but they are very strong. They have been created by slipcasting - a method in which liquid clay is poured into plaster molds and fired in an industrial kiln. The industrial fabrication creates a link to mass production: the dogs could be made in an unlimited amount of copies, but they are not! Adam puts emphasis on making each dog unique - the way it should be with any consumer goods. To distinct one dog from another, Adam leaves in lines from the casting, which are unique to each dog. The Dog Torsos come in four colours: russet, red, ochroid and anthracite, and in two paw positions.
Dog Torso (series), 2013, ceramics, 15 x 16 x 40 cm approx., each
Another example of Adam's work is a concrete bas-relief called Cyclists, which was his final project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In Cyclists , Adam was inspired by Assyrian reliefs of hunting scenes. Cyclists depict a brisk cycle - an ultra-modern scene in which hunam legs 'are moving' gracefully with dynamics and rhythm. The legs are epicene to express universality and suitability of the sport for everyone. Adam avoided excessive geometry by leaving the relief’s edges raw, while he burnished and waxed the surface to create smooth finish. The four panels of Cyclists can be presented together or as individual pieces.
Cyclists, 2011 - four panels, concrete, 153 x 41 cm each panel
Last year Adam received an MA in Sculpture, and has been working ardently since. We can look forward to his new sculptures, inspired by his favorite animals: the dogs.