Czech Republic

Miloš Šejn

Written by
Václav Hájek

Miloš Šejn (b. 1947, Jablonec nad Nisou, living in Jičín) makes use of a whole range of creative tools and approaches: drawing, painting, photography, film, installations, events, etc. An important element in Šejn’s work is its intermediality. His works make use not only of monitors and visual machines, but also of text, words, body movement and spiritual activity itself (that is, the conscience of both the creator and the viewer). The key theme and setting for Šejn’s works is the landscape (or nature, which he tends rather to perceive in its fragments). The artist also takes subjective space and the natural image as themes. Šejn perceives the landscape as a primary reality, the fountainhead, root and basis of creation.

This landscape is, to a certain degree, culturally constructed (there are paths through it, signs offering help). In the landscape, you then find a subject around which a specific place forms. Space is oriented or made hierarchical by this subject (up and down, back and forth). Such space is inhabitable, navigable. It is meant for existence or residence. The subject is not an abstract celebrity, but a corporal entity – it moves, looks around, perceives and reacts. It touches things from which a sort of indexical or natural image is created. This image has a material correlation to its model (physie eikon, naturselbstdruck, contact photographs, and the like).

Šejn’s main activity is searching and collecting the pigments and products of nature. An open collection or archive is created from these materials and forms. His paintings are the result of actual events, which are not predestined, but which organise themselves, or develop from a self-regulating structure.

Miloš Šejn and Handa Gote: Harvesting, Raking in Sounds and Composting Pictures, 2009, photo: Archive of the artist

Miloš Šejn and Handa Gote: Harvesting, Raking in Sounds and Composting Pictures, 2009, photo: Archive of the artist

Miloš Šejn, from Jezeří to ČSA open pit, photo FOS

Miloš Šejn, from Jezeří to ČSA open pit, photo FOS