It´s a shame that it took me 23 years to write a few words about my father. He was a fantastic stubborn man, who, as far as I can remember (he was 39 years old when I was born), hardly ever left his studio – a place of intense work, heated discussions, celebrations and remembrance ceremonies, playing cards, as well as technological and metal-casting experiments and distilling plum brandy. It was a place I could go to whenever I needed to speak to my father or whenever I just wanted to sit down in peace, smoke and watch him working. I knew I would always find him there and there was no need to phone beforehand.
The reason why I wrote the following text was a video recording of my father´s studio after his death in 1995, which I found during the digitization of an old S-VHS casette with other material from the mid-1990s. It was like finding a treasure and I could not wait to share it with somebody.
MY FATHER OBSESSED WITH SCULPTURE
– he believed in the magic of matter, in the possibility of capturing and expressing an idea through forming of matter
– in cooperation with an architect he focused on the statue to become both an organic and defining part of the given situation
– he conceived his statues with respect to their long-lasting service in public space
– he was a workman of uphill struggles, he did not believe in accidental success
when the universe reduces to one activity, time disappears
it is not enough to change the rythm, slow down, stop
consciousness is confronted with the insecurity of singularity of origin and extinction
the surface, column, depth of the registers of solutions
must watch and check randomnesses and regularities
reduce, add, abolish the accomplished, turn, change the perspective, light
follow with eyes and reflection
until the inner confirmation of direction, state and expression
or resignation of destruction
„Martin, you can´t imagine how many times I died before I finished this,“ my father told me once.
Martin Zet, 6.–22. 1. 2018
Martin Zet (born in 1959) is an artist, sculptor and performance artist. He studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1979 – 1985. In his work he deals with social memory in art, the political format of human behaviour and the contact of idealistic visions with everydayness. In 2010 – 2011 he worked as a head of the Video Art Studio at the Faculy of Fine Arts in Brno. As a sculptor and performer he takes part in many exhibitions and events in the Czech republic as well as abroad. In his PhD thesis in the Studio of Sculpture at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design he deals with the work of his father, sculptor Miloš Zet (1920 – 1995). In the Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive you may watch the video which Martin Zet made in 1995 in his father´s studio in Prague – Veleslavín shortly after his father´s death. This video was shown for the first time in Miloš Zet´s studio on February 22, 2018.
Camera, editing, digitization: Martin Zet
The video was recorded using the S-VHS technology.
We wish to thank Martin Zet for lending the video to the Video Archive of VVP AVU.