“In UK slang terms the ‘dog’s bollocks’ means the best. It comes from the habit of male dogs licking their testicles (bollocks) and that they must taste good as they spend so much time in this activity.”
– Urban Dictionary
The work of Martin Lukáč balances between free-form creation and thorough reflection. As a student/member of Jiří Černický’s Studio at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Martin works across different kinds of media, although painting and drawing dominate his portfolio. He often harks back to history of art and borrows several various motives from it and then he re-creates, mixes and inserts it all into current context. One of the recurring motives is a grid, which literally becomes a net which the contents of his works take place on. Contrary to its original use as a modernistic way of laying out space, in Martin’s work, the grid evolves a virtual net which all of us move on about daily.
The title of the artist’s current exhibition at Galerie 209 can be interpreted on several (different) levels. The choice of the slang expression, dog’s bollocks, is a gesture that underlines the present and topicality of Lukáč’s works. The term also serves as an introduction to the installation itself, in which dynamic and sketchy drawings alternate with fresh expressions of the British youth. The subculture’s dialect, which Martin uses within this installation, is constantly changing. We can also interpret the title of the exhibition literally. According to the introductory quote, the phrase dog’s bollocks evokes a repeated, even obsessive activity – an act that is satisfying to us. We can’t and we don’t want to stop it.
The dynamic of the abstracted charcoal drawings is evident at first glance. They are created using single and/or several strokes. The atmosphere of the whole installation is enhanced, in addition to the intuitive portraiture work, by verbal artwork and impulsive exclamations. Via their formal and content aspects, they perfectly sum up the artist’s flow. Drawing is intuitive, mistakes are accepted. Just don’t slack, why would we? The adrenaline rises. Why stop? After all, it’s so… so… well, it’s the dog’s bollocks!
English translation: Jozef “Dodo” Gál