Klára Herczeg Prize 2006 (the 100th anniversary of the founder’s birth)

Opening : 3 October 2006

On view till: 14 October 2006

In 2006 the Klára Herczeg prize was awarded to Tamás Szikora and Zsolt Tibor, there exhibition was opened by Zsolt Petrányi on the 3rd of October.

Klára Herczeg who was a sculptor, and was born 100 years ago, dedicated a part of her legacy the support of younger and older artists. In her testament she wanted the Studio of Young Artists Association to promote artists entering the art scene more effectively, so the Studio decided to create an award named after Klára Herczeg.

This year’s senior award winner is Tamás Szikora, born in 1947, at Nyíregyháza. He graduated in 1976 at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, and since then he has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. Between 1977 and 1980 he received Derkovits scholarship, and he is a two-time winner of the Pollock-Krasner Endowment’s scholarship. He worked for more years in the Cité des Arts, Paris. In 1994 he got the Munkácsy-award.

Zsolt Tibor the junior award winner graduated at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts as a painter in 2002. He spent 3 semesters at Universidad de Sevilla. In 2005 he had a solo exhibition in the Studio Gallery, he took part in group shows in Kunsthalle (Mucsarnok), in A.P.A. and at the Budapest Gallery.

The paintings Tamás Szikora exhibited in the Studio Gallery gave an insight to his so called “box-paintings”, which he has made in the past years with austerely conceptualism. The artist’s central theme is the box, which is subject to several additions and variations, and which generated many layers within the oeuvre of Szikora in the past decades. Tamás Szikora is engaged with tangible materiality of the box, its function as a space organiser, he is also interested in its field of dissemination. In his artworks the box can be a personification, a variable identity, a structure of a town, or a citation from an icon, and beside these, a piece of space that is covering itself upon, that doesn’t let in itself a voyeuristic gaze, and can be understood as the pictorial system of “absence”.

A link betwen Tamás Szikora’s and Zsolt Tibor’s art is that “absence” is articulated as an autonomous space within their works. In Zsolt Tibor’s exhibited drawings the blankness of the paper is an important structural element as the work is positioned on it, without hiding its surface. We can understand this white blankness as a blurred space of narration, or as a material which is the field of permanent overwriting, and on which the tematized incompleteness of the drawing, and the joy of the shaping process is taking place. The edges of the paper are acting as borders of the artwork, what is important, because the artist is limiting his position to keep his drawings within this frame. His traces are temporary, and his art is featured with a flavour of intimate exhibitionism, either in his mediated duplex anamorphoses, or in his installations that analyze the breaks of space and planes.