“Chaos is order”! One sunny afternoon, during one of our conversations, and out of the blue, Jiri uttered this preposterous, axiomatic claim. Jiri does not seek approval and, often, he does not refer to authorities. There is no hesitation or doubt. He observes and concludes. Jiri sources from his own, lifelong, intuitive research, from his universal connection. As soon as Jiri’s hands touch an object, he immediately connects with its underlying laws, no matter how invisible, complex or controversial or unreasonable they may be. Consequently, without a trace of condescension, he accepts the limitations of human reasoning.
Jiri has a contract with Kosmos.
Jiri Ladocha is an old soul. Born in an old country, he has absorbed its tumultuous history. He ingested millennia of exquisite cultural evolution. From old masters he learned to appreciate skilled craft, patience and perfection. As well, Jiri is a young soul. To this day, after six decades of constant creative output, Jiri’s relentless curiosity and unwavering inquisitiveness urges him to search, experiment, innovate and ask questions.
Jiri achieved visceral wisdom.
“Architectonics”! Jiri practices visual philosophy. He elevates his art objects way beyond their physical, three-dimensional limitations… material becomes immaterial, engaging us in a meta-material narration. Deep inside, below his legendary surfaces we hear muffled murmurs, whispers, pain, joy, wailings and sobs. They harbor memories of entire civilizations, which came back to haunt us and warn us, while caressing our souls. Jiri’s creations… are they monuments, mementos, shrines, shields or obelisks? I believe they are but there is more, much more! Jiri takes us further. He opens the evasive gateless gate that lets us descend into the unfathomable labyrinth of systems, theorems, and fugues and eventually, the ultimately uncharted realm of the ever-elusive strange loops.
Chaos is order!
Chaos is a level of order that reaches beyond our mental horizons. Jiri has discarded horizons long time ago. The Kosmos taught him that there aren’t any…
Lumir Hladik, Toronto, June 2018