71 – The exhibition of the Studio’s new senior members

Opening:  1st March 2007 – Thursday 19:00

On view till: 17th March 2007 – Tuesday to Friday 16:00 – 20:00, Saturdays 12:00 – 16:00

Participants: Géza Péter Fekete, Dóra Hegyi, Kata Káldi, Géza Nyíry, Zsuzsanna Rebeka Pál, Eszter Radák, György Szász, Kornél Szilágyi

Organizer: Júlia Vécsei

Opening speech: Vilmos Oláh (violin) and Sándor Baranyai (guitar)

What typifies artists born in 1971? We can get an answer in the new senior members exhibition: the management invited seven artists as honorary members, whose difference display a variety of present-day genres, and methods of approach.

It is certain that leaving behind year 35 means a dividing line in the life of the artists; they are no longer “young artists”, which is usually a stipulation in applications: to many places, 35 years is the limit.  But what age-category did we step into, to out-rate myself from youngsters, because this means that we’ve been on the job for approximately 10 years. What should we call ourselves from now on? We haven’t reached the middle-generation age, 40-45, where those are sorted, who are in the middle of their careers, who are often experience mid-life crises. We might be able to say, that we are over the road-finding of the first few years, and those who haven’t left the profession, developed some kind of practice and professionalism, however different the careers may be.

There were those, who managed to get into the emerging artist category in the right moment, which rarely works in here, as it happened to Katalin Káldi. In 1997, she received a special award in an painting competition by STRABAG, between 1999-2000, she was exhibited in the Modern Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Szenenwechsel’s XVII. exhibition, and they bought from her for the permanent collection. Káldi paints object-studies on small canvases on a monochrome base. Aside from collaborating with a few galleries (Thomas Rehbein Falerie, Köln, Várfok Gallery), she works with Margit Valkó regularly, whose latest exhibition was in the Kisterem Gallery, which opened last summer.

The other panel painter from this year’s seniors is Eszter Radák, who is not only a painter: she also studied intermedia, she graduated from aesthetics and got the doctoral degree in Pécs university. She went back to the University of Fine Arts, where she teaches in the painter department, and publishes art related writings and critical essays. She won STRABAG’s first prize in 2002. The painters aim, according to her website, is to add some colour to after the change of system Hungarian paintings, which she represents consistently. In her paintings, which are mostly landscapes, interiors and still-lifes, some of the details are blurred, with forceful complementary colours (which one writer called ice cream colours). Her artworks are popular pieces of company and private collections.

Nyíri Géza’s artworks show his graphic and web design activities, that are also frontiers of the fine arts as a display of the visual cultures. He uses the formal and material logic of these specific occupations. Such web-works were made at the end of the 90’s that experiment with the new media; with the use of the pictograms that are used as communicational elements in computers, he enlarges them to billboards in well-known pictorial citations (see: Last Supper, PPP Billboards, Lövölde square 2002, Uncle Sam, ARC poster 2003). His artwork, displayed in this exhibition is a pictogram-frieze, glued to the wall, in which schematic faces drift across the viewers eyes.

György Szász, who not only graduated as a sculptor but as an art historian as well, developed a distinctive spatial world. The past two-three years exhibitions (Pantheon-Frieze-salon 2005, Dorottya Galéria 2006) show that he has found a firm artistic language. In his ensemble of objects, in the “as-if-objects”, personal articles that were stripped from their function or redone lean, hanged, exist in the exhibition space, which appear at the same time as citations and imprints of an imagined world.

The “un-genre-ness”, or –if you like- the colourfulness of the genre is represented by Zsuzsanna Rebeka Pál and Géza Péter Fekete. Rebeka Pál, aside from her individual artworks, is part of the HINTS group, which outgrew the former Stand Film artist group and is devoted to group work. Recurring elements in her projects are transparency, as a display of one of the basic questions of art, for which she regularly used luminescent paint as a technical support. To this disquisition is connected the usage of laser-light, with which Pál made a laser-bridge over the Danube. At the same time, she is an explorer of surprising visual phenomena as an observer; this is shown in her exhibited piece, a press font carved into a gravestone.

Géza Péter Fekete composes himself into most of his works, as he is playing a ritual musical piece on his bass saxophone. Even more surprising is the now-displayed bitumen-painting, which opens multiple interpretations by its black-gold varnished abstract surface.

Kornél Szilágyi started out as a filmmaker, as Igor Buharkov outside of the artistic world, he is the most known without a doubt. He became a member in 2003 as an already well-known independent filmmaker, and now he is a third-year-student in the Intermedia Institution. A artists cross to other areas, so searches Kornél Szilágyi for the narrow boarder of experimental film and fine arts. Two of his films, about strange people’s document-portraits were recently shown inn the Studio Gallery, in the Private Document exhibition. He can now dive in to the international art-life, with a fellowship in the Berlin Studio house.

Getting our first(?) eternal membership, I wish for ourselves to not to lose our curiosity even after we’ve received our Prima Primissima Award!

/Dóra Hegyi/