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Pub Art
Cyril Blažo and Martin Kochan

Pub Art

Pub ArtPub Art
Cyril Blažo and Martin Kochan
Co-published by Photoport and Slovart
English and Slovak


104 Pages
215 x 305 mm
ISBN 9788055629988


Pub Art is a selection of free drawings by Cyril Blažo and Martin Kochan, created jointly in recent years in pubs and bars mainly in Trnava, where Kochan lives and Blažo, his former tutor, teaches at the university’s Pedagogical Faculty. The pub art drawings, initially caricatures, came about by a spontaneous chain sketching of their shared ideas. Often they are derived from authentic themes of the pub setting (beer, restaurant food, toys in the children’s corner, TV weather, sport etc.) and these are developed in sarcastic registers, parodying, for example, the sociopolitical situation and the social themes Blažo and Kochan had just been discussing while drinking their beer or Kofola. Later they employed a similar principle for interventions on reproductions, making entire art books which take inspiration from found absurd connections. The oversketching of prints (in annuals and publications devoted to hunting, safari, bodybuilding and culture) develops unexpected ideas ‒ often the most commonplace ideas! ‒ on how the captured static moment may further evolve. Via newly-created geometrical relationships, the figures of drunks, sportsmen, banal women, and very often allegorised animals, arrive at stalemate situations. But even the darkest images of vanity and greed turn into an ingenious joke, which is Cyril’s weapon in the fight against culture and Martin’s in the fight for culture.

About the Artist
Cyril Blažo (b.1970, Bratislava) is a Slovak artist who lives and works in Bratislava in Slovakia. He has been teaching at the University of Trnava since 1999, and currently teaches drawing, graphics, writing and graphic design, focusing on the basics of these artistic media and building the technical, technological and creative foundations of student work. In 2002, he won the award of the city of Banska Bystrica on the Trian of Contemporary Slovak Graphics. His works are presented in the collections of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava and the Central Slovak Gallery in Banska Bystrica.(source: Kochan is an artist from Slovakia, currently based in Trnava, Slovakia.

About the Publisher
Photoport is a contemporary art gallery, based in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Slovart publishing house has been operating on the Slovak book market since 1991. From the beginning, we have tried to bring our readers books in which content and form play an equally important role, that is, in which high-quality and demanding content is combined with polygraphically and artistically flawless form.

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