Jiří Georg Dokoupil

Robert Miller Gallery

Jiří Georg Dokoupil’s new works are made from the gentle trace of black soot left by a flickering candle upon the surface of a white gessoed canvas. Through this unorthodox drawing technique, Dokoupil parodies art’s sanctity. By using soot instead of charcoal, he makes punning reference to the Old Master tradition of chiaroscuro drawing. Dokoupil also constructs various correspondences between the image represented and the unusual mode of rendering. Trafic (Traffic, 1989) depicts a highway traffic jam. The layers of candle soot mimic the shimmering effect of heat rising from the automobiles. In addition, the medium suggests the emission of smog. Dokoupil juxtaposes this technique with other images of cleanliness and waste; El Rincon (The closet, 1989) depicts a broom and dust pan, and Lavado (Washer, 1989), a sink and basin.

Dokoupil enlarges the scope of his subject matter to include that

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