ZDENÊK KOŠEK

ZDENÊK KOŠEK (1949, CZECH REPUBLIC)

The self-taught artist Zdenek Kosek worked ad a typographer and drew caricatures and satirical cartoons for regional magazines and newspapers, but he also produced some unconventional paintings. In the 1980s a deep psychological divide gradually changed his perception of the world ; he was diagnosed as psychotic and had to retire in 1989. From then on he will produce a work radically different from his previous paintings.
Kosek has been convinced that he plays a determining role at heart of the great ruling of the world. He sees himself as a kind of power station, continuously receiving and emitting multitudes of information. He thinks that his duty is to master the meteorological problems. He spends his days in front of the window, convinced that he can provoke or control the forming of the weather, writing down everything happening around him. He draws in notebooks, on maps in an atlas or on old magazines or newspapers. His diagrams serve him as a direct means to influence weather – an indispensable ritual dictated to him, to which he abandons himself in order to avoid what he fears would be irreversible chaos.
After two years of incessant activity, ill and exhausted, he was hospitalized. Today he seems to have found a fragile equilibrium.

Photos: © Collection ABCD, Montreuil

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