Lubomir Ferko
Museum of Applied Art
September 27 - October 25, 2007

Ten years have passed since another extensive creative and exhibition project of ¼ubomír Ferko: Thus spoke the Prophets. The idea of presenting the foundations of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the Bible, the New Testament and the Koran – in the form of glass sculptures matured in the artist for several years. Study of the religious texts and knowledge of calligraphy using Hebrew, Arabic and Latin letters led to the production of effective sculptures from molten glass combined into peaceful architectural objects and dramatic amorphous shapes.

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The search for adequate expressive resources for the new project by means of solitary works had a clear aim and it was only a question of time before ¼ubomír Ferko would focus on the fourth most widespread religion on our planet – Buddhism. The project was originally more closely specified as Tibetan glass and its central theme was to be the underlying essence of the philosophy of Buddhist monks in the Tibetan monasteries.

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However, The Tibetan Book of the Dead  not only had a content level for the artist, which he wanted to interpret in an artistic language by means of glass sculpture, but also a formal level. Again, this was the calligraphy of the authentic text of prayers and description of rituals for the dead on the road to purity. The random smooth surfaces formed after the destruction of the massive glass material were chosen as the surfaces for the application of quotations from texts. The letter symbols are gradually reduced from rich drawing to linear entries, which become metaphors for the distant, pure and broad road of Tantric Buddhism on one side, and the almost threateningly drawn peaks of the vast Himalayan mountain range on the other. ¼ubomír Ferko again reached for a combination of apparently incompatible materials – glass with physical properties such as fragility, transparency and plasticity, is in sharp contrast to the hardness, structuralness and elementalness of stone (zircon, granite). The tension of nature and form becomes a starting point for the artist to depict the drama of catharsis of the human being in harsh natural conditions on the way to salvation, as in the works: Karma, Reincarnation and Himalayan Flower....

Ágnes Schramm, PhD.
Curator at The Slovak National Gallery

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Programme Coordinator: Dejan Sandiæ, International Cooperation Curator