David Cerny

Born 1967 in Prague, Czech Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Man Hanging Out

A sculpture of a man hanging from an iron bar protruding from a roof can be spotted from a distance. The man is Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis hanging by his a hand from the iron beam. With the other hand casually placed in the pocket, an act of balance is indicated. During his life, Freud had many phobias; one of these was the fear of death. Psychoanalysis and Einstein’s theory of relativity were maybe the most important theories in the last century. The work is a question on the relationship between intellect and intuition in each one of us. Will they, in the new millennium, find balance or just crush each other?

About the Artist

David Cerny works in many disciplines, sculpture, installation, performance and video. In the early 90s, he got media attention when he painted a Soviet tank that served as a war memorial pink. The monument was located in Prague. This led to a political schism between the two countries and Cerny is still not welcome in Russia. His works often contain controversial elements, but can also entertain and confuse. They leave space for reflection and thoughts. Nationalism, consumption and communism are repetitive themes in David Cernys works.