he news of the end of Mr. Jerry Kolar (August 11, 2002) affected me to the same gigantic extent as that of the great floods in August. It was as if forever the level of great famous artists was forever over; he belonged to a poetic burst of a creative artistic hub, thus helping steer art across national and European borders.
The summer of 1992, I stood before the origins of a small exhibit of several creative artists spanning several generations. It bothered me that I could not find a theme that connected those artists and their works of art. All of a sudden, it came to me: "Yes, they all have poetry in their works of art!". In first place was obviously Mr. Jerry Kolar (I wanted him to be properly represented) and after him were 4 other artists: the painter Vladimir Jarcovjak, sculptor Jerry Kratina, sculptor Vladimir Preclik, and designer Joska Skalnik. It worked. During the presentation of an exhibit (August 11, 1992! Coincidence?) a Parisian master told me, that "it was a great idea..., already if only for the reason, so that he himself could meet with people, who are either his friends or are close to him". When he invited me to Prague, I didn't reject the offer, but accepted happily. He showed me several collages on the theme "clothes" (for example, sculptors, emperors, pastry chefs) and according to his words "wrinkled French castles and some gardens..." with the additional comment, that he had not exhibited those pieces yet. "You really should exhibit those pieces of art, master, it's a beauty", I said. "Do you think? Well, one day maybe...". That much greater is my happiness that the French Institute in Prague presents "Snapshot Homage to Jerry Kolar" exactly those series of collages, that I had seen before. There are two themes in his creations. One is confrontation (1951 --1952) in the form of black and white collages from newspaper clippings, which was connected to his then literary creative side - in grouping various forms one finds unexpected connections and originates new social meaning. After that is a group of black and white people (1977) in French cities, palaces, and prospective gardens and characterized in figures of craftsmen -- reality is a soft face and thus gains a new face -- through movement and carefully thought out paper layout a face gains sharper edges. One can interpret artistic play of new variations, with the same tremendous happiness. There is magic in new, infinite possibilities.
Yes, Jerry Kolar upset borders. Whether it was his poetic collections or his artistic creative games. Whether we accept younger and young artists in Paris, we accept their opinions and initiate gladly the administration for them. Whether we accept and self-induce the artistically influenced surroundings and selection for their own creation. He was therefore always young. Without borders. And I give him honor. He will always be with me. "Homage" Jerry Kolar.Written by Olga Szymanska
Translated by Helen Vavrecka
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