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KOCMAN, Jiri Hynek
JHK´s Paper-Re-Making Book, 2010.
Book-Object, approximate size: 300 x 205 x 18 mm.
Author's hand-made paper. Author's half-leather binding.
Papermaking and bookbinding signature JHK.

Born August 6, 1947 in Nove Mesto na Morave.

Study. Art-activities. Selected solo exhibitions. Selected group exhibitions. Collections. Prizes. Membership, ...

Kocman's work is a synthesis combining intellectual datachment informed by his conceptual experience with a remarkable sensibility and strong lyricism and with a continuous questioning of the nature of art. Today, his work is more confined but also more focussed and individual than before. He does not deny his conceptual background or the once so important experiences, but at the same time he is apparently aware of the significance of his return to the material nature of books, logical at a time when the possibilities of the most strict solutions had been exhausted for him as well as for many other one-time protagonist of the Czech art scene, many of whom now choose comlex synthetic approaches which once again offer purely aesthetic qualities and, above all, completeness and complexity of the final work of art. In the context of contempoary Czech art, Kocman's work belongs among the most authentic, even though this authenticity may be hidden to some viewers underneath the mimicry of emphasis on craft and on use skills acquired in the process of mastering it.
In: Introduction Dr. Jiri Valoch, J. H. Kocman. Artists' Books and Papers. Praha, Galerie Rudolfinum, 1997.

"I am always fascinated by the miracle,
through which pulped fibre becomes paper
and several sheets of paper become a book." JHK

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