The exhibition of Jaroslav Matous
I guess it was our professor of physics (or maybe mathematics?) who explained to us the terms "convex" and "concave". Those are two kinds of curved surfaces, the latter one being curved towards inside, therefore able to "hold coffee". In other words, to behave like the vessels usually do.
From the very beginning, our mankind was facing the problem how to handle the second, liquid form of matter. Disregarding the gaseous one, which they hardly knew it existed, they all appreciated that when it comes to solid matter one can take a firm grab of it. But liquid? Try to hold it in your hand - it always finds the way out. But our forefathers were also smart enough to notice that mother nature provided them with already made, ready to use vessels like a shell of coconut, dried shells of some vegetables, even empty seashells. And that's how our vessels came to life.
Later they started to manufacture them as well: from wood, baked clay, even glass. The oldest archeological finds of glass are almost all vessels: bottles, jars, bowls. There was also something magical in them, something inviting people to decorate them. And they still do, be it vases, glasses, goblets, tankards, cups and what not. There is quite a number of artists, who devoted their time and talents to it. Like Mr. Jaroslav Matous whos whose artifacts has seen many exhibitions, in places like Germany, Japan, Spain and yes, EXPO, too. True, he also does the beautiful glass windows and of course convex objects as well, but his vessels enchanted me most. The vessels with striking colors, forms and shapes, the objects of glass, cut or molded, painted, dressed and combined, all of them beautiful their own way.
Yes, there is something sacred in vessels - be it old amphoras, urns or even the Holy Grail. Bot also something inviting and tempting: that's why many of them are intended for decoration only, just to become even more mysterious. They posses the qualities of concavity we all cherish: the beauty, gentleness and femininity.
© Jan B. Hurych
© 2000 Jaroslav Matous, ArtForum / ICZ a.s.