Joga výkrik (Yoga Scream)
Joga výkrik represents one of several parallel areas of Blažo’s work. The motif of a cut cabbage head appears repeatedly in variations and combinations with other objects – becoming a continuation of sea foam in the well-known graphic series Hokusai, or overlaps with map contours in the Genealogy series.
In addition to fascinating ornamentality, the cabbage head also has various symbolic qualities. This Blažo could artfully highlight, and in his case we can speak of a kind of “cabbage iconography”.
In this case, the centre of the composition is the human face, borrowed from Munch’s famous Scream, mounted on a body in a lotus position with three legs and with hands growing organically into the vegetable structure. The starting point is probably computer graphics transferred to the medium of painting.
Manifested is Blažo’s unmistakable ability to combine fragments of various visual information into a whole that at first glance looks amusing, even humorous. But along with playfulness and wit, we can also perceive the claustrophobic density of stacked leaves, their curves and wavy lines, reminiscent of the human brain and a kind of map or deformed mandala – instead of clarity and order, we see a chaotic and pressurized tangle of paths. The body and mind, which are beyond control, seem to have grown into unnatural dimensions and shapes, separated from the subject, and thickened beyond tolerable proportions. A tension that can only be released by the catarrhal intensity of a scream. And also the determination to face confusion, to organize oneself and thus the world, to fold one’s body and attention into a yogic position, and to change chaos into simplicity, noise into silence, through meditation. The process we are all enduring today.