‘Exploring the mind and death’: Dušan and Voitre Marek - Surrealists at Sea

Dušan Marek, born Bítouchov, Czechoslovakia 1926, died Adelaide 1993, Rabaul revisited, 1992, Eden Hills, South Australia, oil, synthetic polymer paint on canvas on board, 50.7 x 61.0 x 4.4 cm; Private collection 
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Dušan Marek, born Bítouchov, Czechoslovakia 1926, died Adelaide 1993, Rabaul revisited, 1992, Eden Hills, South Australia, oil, synthetic polymer paint on canvas on board, 50.7 x 61.0 x 4.4 cm; Private collection

“There is no finish to the end

A beginning follows the end.”

“I am in the grip of an octopus, it doesn’t want to let go of me, I keep cutting off its tentacles but new ones keep growing back.”

“What is the sea?

The sea is an enormous windmill.

It will crush anyone who loves it.”

“[Surrealism is] … seeing not only with eye in eyeholes but opening new eyes in knees, in throat, in palms.”

Surrealists at Sea provides one with the story and the space to appreciate the work of this historically underappreciated duo. The moment you go to leave the exhibition, when you see Equator again, you are drawn back in through your knees, throat, and palms.

This exhibition is open free to the public until September 12 2021, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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