Krňanský was prompted to create the book CRISIS MAG (LOL LIFE SOCIETY), published in 2021 by Richard Bakeš, who at the time was organizing a small group exhibition in New York with his wife Lenka. They just enlarged one of the drawings and plotted it on the gallery wall. “The drawings from the book were created with a clear intention, I gradually copied them onto larger canvases and then painted over them. But I scanned and archived all the papers, creating this book in the process; it’s an index of motifs that are randomly arranged one after the other. Words like, “CRISIS, LOL, FUCK, FAME, FAKE, and CASH,” are interspersed with simple geometric compositions and here and there a face or a smiley appears. The interconnected, complete set of images metaphorically represents our emotions in response to the current state of society and the world in which we live.” says David Krňanský
Krňanský is a cyclist and a rider in the “Take My Bread Away” (Breadfit) club, and it was during the group rides that the idea for this collaboration arose. Lukáš Doubrava (in the photos), who was the driving force behind our cooperation, had the impulse to create an object that complements the philosophy of the Breadfit store, “To be mentally and physically fit all the time!” It was his idea to spread the work captured in CRISIS MAG to other mediums. Doubrava is the sole owner of this edition of the Reason bike, which was deliberately created to be one-of-a-kind.
The implementation of this project itself is also worth noting. Repete frames are produced in Prague with a large amount of handwork, and their creation is characterized by attention to detail. “Marker strokes were digitally converted and then painted onto the frame using cut templates. In this way, other production processes enter the execution of the artist’s vision–the art is connected with SW technology and industrial painting techniques,” says Repete co-founder Robin Fišer. Krňanský’s painted signature is a symbol of the close cooperation. Stay tuned, several follow-up products are on the way that will be unveiled in the coming months.
Repete is a company with a technological background focused on the production of premium bicycles, whose founders Robin Fišer and Mikoláš Voverka have been building the brand since 2012. The development and production of bicycle frames takes place completely in Prague. Bikes are available all over the world, through direct sales and in specialty shops. The brand holds the prestigious Best Road Bike award, which it received at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. They have collaborated on products with brands such as Isadore, Campagnolo, Rap and Strava. In addition to producing their own bikes, Repete publishes an online magazine and hosts community activities, such as regular rides and discussions with guests in the Prague showroom.
David Krňanský (*1987) lives and works in Prague. He’s a member of the Black Hole Generation, known for adopting the tools of visual culture, ready-mades, and copies to formulate a critical commentary on the state of the world. Although he works with various media, his primary artistic form is abstract painting. David Krňanský’s abstract works are characterized by a joyful and courageous exploration of color, and yet are simultaneously delimited by geometric boundaries. Geometry and the utopian ideas of Modernism are his main sources of inspiration, but only by way of undergoing a mangling process of manipulation. The natural imprecision of the hand when tested by the rigors of outlining geometric forms becomes his signature, an adventure in drawing the line and creating forms that are never ideal nor identical. The refreshing novelty and humorous nuances in his work are combined with a naive bravura and an obstinacy for creating abstractions that hold critical and progressive threads beneath a surface layer of aesthetic pleasure.
Breadfit store is a family bakery in Litoměřice focused on sourdough baking. It was opened in the Spring of 2022 and is owned by husband and wife Denisa and Lukáš. In addition to offering great pastries and coffee, the space functions as a store for hand-picked brands and also as an event space for occasions such as the annual Einstuck weekend and regular Saturday “pizza days.” The bakery’s popular cyclist following led the founders to establish the Take My Bread Away club.