Opening show: 23.11.2017 7-9pm
At the latest exhibition of Imre Bak we present his new series of paintings from 2017. The most important compositional elements of the series are the dichromatic meander-like stripes framing monochrome colour fields. The organization of the band motif running through the paintings combined with the rectangles of various colours results in a peculiar spatial illusion. A group of these paintings compositionally evokes landscape associations, while others (Ön – Arc – Kép I-III.)* form a separate series in both formal and semiotic terms. Although these compositions are also based on homogeneous colour planes and double band motifs, their arrangement and the discontinuity of the bands of colour, their reduction into rectangles in some places, allows the spectator to interpret these works as stylised mask-like portraits.
Bearing figurative referentiality, displaying relations of light and space, the paintings of the exhibition ultimately pry into the relation of representation and abstraction. By representing the questions he had already explored, but this time in new formal correlations, Imre Bak at once demonstrates the consistent continuity characterising his entire oeuvre, as well as his capacity for freshness and renewal.
*The Hungarian noun önarckép translates as “self-portrait”, but as a compound word it actually consists of the following three nouns: SELF (ön) FACE (arc) PICTURE (kép)
Opening show: 23.11.2017 7-9pm
The new works of Marcell Esterházy (1977) presented in the acb Attachment, due to the net force of the tragic death of his father, are again engaged with the closest family background. The title of the exhibition, Night blindness refers to the eye’s disability to adopt to the low-light conditions. This suggests, that the works are evoking the state of sorrow, and, also that this time a more poetic, and trembling voice is articulated instead of the analytic-conceptual frameworks that have been typical in Esterházy’s recent exhibitions. The works in their simple, condensed manner give an insight into the artist’s current practice. The elementary experience of the sorrow give a mournful occasion to again employ artistic strategies to discover identity in family history, but the fresh events find their representation in Esterházy’s consistent aesthetics. The collages, found objects, sculptures and photos not only use a network of references from the family’s past, but their enigmatic intimacy create new poetic bonds and thus bring a more emotional dimension into Esterházy’s work.
Opening show: 23.11.2017, 7-9pm
Kálmán Szijártó became known in the seventies as the founding member of the Pécs Workshop. His sensitivity and interest turned towards the notions of process, interconnection and interaction, similarly to Károly Kismányoky, with whom he cooperated closely within the group. In his two emblematic photo series entitled Art Gestures and Transformations, it is through the use of his own body that he developed the poetic realms of his activity, as well as his approach to physical and intellectual spaces. After a first representative selection of works from the Pécs Workshop period (1968-1980) exhibited in Vienna in this September, acb NA now opens his first individual exhibition that focusses on central ideas and works from this period.
Leroy Brothers: Portraitures of Accidental Human Relationships
2012.09.07 - 10.05.
The exhibition is a realization of an internet project initiated in 2010 by the Leroy Brothers, who have been working together as an art group for a decade. The project entitled BDRtist maps out – and places in a contemporary art context – image and information sharing habits within social media. Following a free registration on the project website (www.leroybrothers.com), or as members of popular community portals, anyone can upload images and texts. The submitted images and texts can be voted on by other users. Based on their evaluation (like-dislike), two images and a text are selected every 100 hours, which will then be realized as artworks (prints or paintings). The aim of the Leroy Brothers is to give anyone in the world a chance to participate using his or her image and name in their project, and, thus, influence their artistic activity and the content of their exhibitions.
The works of the Leroy Brothers, as a result of the system they have built, are connected not to individual people, but to user communities; the artist group can only determine the medium of and circumstances of presentation. The latter are for the most part installations that, in referring to the spirit of the project, delineate in real, physical space the phenomena of virtual space and the processes that take place inside them.
The exhibition entitled Portraitures of Accidental Human Relationships offers insight into the various phases of artworks production within the BDRtist project: from the website (which serves as the point of departure) to the artworks realized through various media. One of the exhibited installations will also feature images and texts uploaded by Hungarian users of the project. A separate exhibition room is dedicated to artworks that were realized based on the images and texts of Maria Elena Udali, one of the most active users (according to the total ranking presently at second place). In accordance with the democratic spirit and title (BDRtist = Be the artist!) of the project, this time a user – who, thanks to her active presence and the community that has voted for her uploaded material, is a frequent participant in the Leroys’ work – becomes the centre of focus as an artist personality.
Social media have an increasing impact on people’s interaction with each other and with the world. Today, community websites like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook fundamentally influence how we obtain our information, conduct our business, forge relationships and build our careers. It is to this fact that the Leroy Brothers draw attention with the title of the exhibition. Their concept, founded on the relationship between popular culture and high art, first and foremost asks the question: what are the consequences of the gradual transformation of mass media into social media in terms of art?