Every Minute You Are Closer to Death
Hynek Martinec’s new project is a series of monochrome paintings, collectively entitled ‘Every Minute You Are Closer to Death’. These technically astonishing works depict carefully contrived compositions that play with the archetypes of the devotional picture and the vanitas. Traditional signifiers of mortality such as dead animals, skulls, candles and empty bottles are mixed with contemporary references such as Damien Hirst’s notorious diamond skull displayed on a tablet computer, a digital radio, party balloons and cotton buds. In many of the paintings the subjects are distorted by shaving foam, a contemporary substance which appears solid but which is actually fluid and mutable, and which evokes both vanity and impermanence.
Includes essays by Ben Tufnell and Petr Nedoma, Director of the Galerie Rudolfinium, Prague.
Published by Parafin, London
Texts by Ben Tufnell, Petr Nedoma
Design by Matt Watkins
2014. 60 pp., 27 ills.
22 x 22 cm
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