IT TELLS THE METAMORPHOSIS STORY OF A YOUNG MAN, THAT IS FULL OF HOPE [THE BUTTERFLY] , TRANSFORMED BY THE PASSAGE OF TIME, INTO A SIMPLE PROLETARIAN, INTO A “MINER” WITH A LAMP AT HIS FOREHEAD. IT REMINDS ME OF MY GRANDFATHER, OF YOURS … MAYBE OF OURSELVES.
RATHER THAN LOOK AT AN IMAGE OF THE ARTIST’S MAKING, VIEWERS ARE NOW CONFRONTED BY THEMSELVES, THEREBY QUESTIONING A LONG-HELD NOTION OF TRANSCENDING REALITY.
The unique approach of Eduard Locota towards art, embrace the permeability between art and function. An unique lamp that is as much sculpture as it is design.
By using coal as a manufacturing material, Eduard Locota is predicting a feasible future for coal, but not as one of the world’s leading combustibles.
If we analyzing the past of the material: its transformation from a plant into a rock, and currently into the fuel; we can try to predict the new and complex future of coal and similar fossil-fuel.
The artist is reinterpreting the purpose of fossil fuel, we actually go beyond recycling, towards an active transformation of the material.