The edition Sonatine for 9mm is based on the family history of Czech artist Adam Vačkář. A blank sheet of musical score was shot at with a pistol to create random scores. The result reflects the brutality of current reality. The contrast of the two opposing phenomena - creative music and destruction by guns - was inspired by the artist's personal family story.
His paternal grandfather was a famous Czech classical music composer, while the maternal grandfather was a Czech army general who fought against the Nazis on the Eastern Front in World War II and later even became the head of the president's military cabinet. The weapon used to create this work was the German Walther P38 weapon captured by his grandfather during World War II.
Adam Vackar (b 1979) lives in Prague. He has presented his work in several international group and solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Palais de Tokyo, Bucharest Triennial, Prague Triennial, City Gallery Prague, National Gallery in Prague, Art Basel - Statements and Film, Cologne Kunstverein, Museum Morsbroich, S.M.A.K. ... He studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris and has participated in artist-in-residence programmes at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Residency Unlimited in New York, Delfina Foundation in London, Boghossian Foundation in Brussels and others.
The artist has work in the S.M.A.K. collection.
Adam Vačkář | The indefinite continued progress of existence and events (that occur in apparently irreversible succession)
plexiglass, paper, fabric
h. 151cm x w. 107cm x d. 15cm
For this project, Vačkář asked an old female convict from his home country to collect the dust in her prison cell for two weeks. He then put this dust on a large, snow-white sheet of paper which he then closed off from the outside air with a Perspex box. Vačkář compares this work with a reliquary. On a white museum wall, the box acts as still, almost banal evidence of the extreme slowness with which time passes when you are kept in isolation. In this work the artist emphasises that prisons not only separate people spatially, but also isolate them in terms of time. “Time passes differently in prison,” he comments. “It is a difference that man himself has created: there is a time that applies to prisoners and a time for everyone who is entirely free to come and go.”