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  responses  •  kafka’s prague

by Jiří Kolář

translated from the Czech by Ryan Scott

Kafka translations by Kevin Blahut

artwork by the author

First published in 1984 by the exile Czech publishing house Index (based in Cologne, Germany), Kolář pairs the text “Responses,” in which he discusses his influences and methods as well as art and literature in general, with “Kafka’s Prague,” a series of crumplages of Prague’s buildings, streets, squares, and gardens accompanied by short extracts from Franz Kafka’s work. Crumplage is a technique developed by Kolář in which a sheet of paper or reproduction is crumpled at random and then flattened out and pasted onto a backing, creating a deformation of the original image or a new image. As he explained it in his Dictionary of Methods: “Crumplage washed over me on a huge wave of gesturalism during a period when the graphic artist Vladimír Boudník
was running his marathon in Bohemia fueled to the hilt by Explosionalism and structural prints. The first crumplages I made were monochrome, either white or black. Anyone can crumple wet paper, and if that doesn’t work, all you need to do is toss a few magazine pages onto the sidewalk in the rain. The rain and the trampling of passersby or the tires of cars will do the trick. Believe me, I’ve tried this many times, and Boudník was the only one who didn’t thumb his nose at me. This didn’t surprise me. He was one of the very few who knew how to read a picture in creases, on walls, etc. ... The analogies to events in life and explosions of fate, which can ‘crumple’ a person so suddenly and profoundly that the consequences of such an inner tornado can never be smoothed or straightened out, convinced me that this technique of mine was indeed useful for gaining insight.”



ISBN 9788086264578
132 pp., 17 x 20 cm
smyth-sewn softcover
w/ flaps
34 color plates
prose : art : literature
RRP: $23 • £16

release dates:
Europe: July, 2021
UK: Sept. 13, 2021

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