In The Focus

“Cradle” by Attila Rajcsók offers many opportunities of interpretation to the viewer. The sterile, laminatedly welded, snowhite steel visualizes a process. As if in front of our eyes a core would sprout, petals of a flower would unfold, an animel would slip of it’s shell, or a human being would come to life. “Cradle” represents the slow process of birth, and at the same time, the very reverse of it. What seems opening, unfolding at the first glimpse, also could be the act of closing, passing away in the case of this sculpture. The neutral white color also makes undefinable, that what we see is the unfolding or the locking of the artwork. It seems like “Cradle” is a liminality, an incarnated moment, when the insight to the inner parts of the sculpture is possible. But what is it, that the artwork is hiding, even in this status? This is the unanswered question of “Cradle” by Attile Rajcsók.

photo: Mihály Borsos (misi)
written by: Zsófi Máté

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In The Focus

„Garde Dame” and „Evening Rendezvous” by Róbert Csáki fold a gentle narrative, as if they were scenes following eachother in a novel. There are two women on „Garde Dame”, a well-to-do lady and her companion rolled herself up in dark linen. Wrinkles of their clothes in the strong daylight semm like as their material was paper. The women turning their back on us may have a secret, quiet chat with eachother. On „Evening Rendezvous” guarding eyes of the garde dame are not on young lady in white anymore. We meet her in the lights of the early evening again, while she’s sitting in a garden, possibly waiting for somebody. Her white dress, just as her environment is coloured by the twilight. Her face stays hidden again. But not only through the figures can we discover the similarity between the two paintings. Róbert Csáki painted silence into both picture’s atmosphere, in a different way, generating different moods. The „Garde Dame” emanates the calmness of an everyday scene, while „Evening Rendezvous” thickens the tense muteness, the lonley minutes of waiting into the picture. The variant aspects of these situations are obvious through the usage of colours and imaging of lights. Above all, on both paintings, there is a presence of an invisible person, who is observing the figures secretly, behind their backs. The real mystery smouldering in the shade of „Garde Dame” and „Evening Rendezvous” is who we think that person is…

Garde-Dame (45x35cm, oil on canvas, 2014)
Evening Rendezvous (35x30cm, oil on canvas, 2014)

photo: Mihály Borsos (misi)
written by: Zsófi Máté

 

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In The Focus / Perceptions 2. …silence……

To Art Salon\Társalgó Gallery is opening the new season with the group exhibition “Perceptions” is a tradition. This year the subject of the exhibition, which was processed by seven artists is silence. Imre Barna Balázs, Róbert Csáki, László Gyémánt, Mózes Incze, Iván Paulikovics, PAF and György Szabó all created their own variation of silence. The curators, Dr. Dóra Ocsovai and Dr. Katalin Kovács circled the question: what is the coherence between art and silence? The evident answer could be of course: painting and sculptures as objects are silent. Although in the domain of aesthetics none of the artworks are mute. But as the opening speech of Katalin Kovács highlighted, silence could be the effect, that artworks trigger. This is prevailing, as we are standing in front the arworks of the exhibition. For example the creatures on the portaits by Róbert Csáki, as they would like to say something, but they stay wordless, they fade into the peaceful background. Then PAF breaks the silence and peace of his pictures with his definite, craggy gestures. And these are just examples of the intellectual and technical variegation, which is united in the exhibition “Perception2…silence…..”

 

written by: Zsófi Máté

photo: Diana Rédai

 

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IN THE FOCUS special / PAF

On 14th of August the individual exhibition of PAF opened with great success at the Nádor Gallery in the city of Pécs. The painter not only presented new paintings, but the exhibition also includes exciting, new installations, which are due to the inspirational exhibiting space of the Nádor Gallery. For example, the 81 meters long painted canvas, which could be defined as the clew of the exhibition. It wimples above our heads, creates the sense of infinity, it’s uproarious colors are completely ruling the space. The other group of the installations arethe dress-stands, covered with gestures. Painting of PAF animate these ordinary objects, their ordering in the space terminates their impersonality. To the saturation of the exhibition contribute the spatial paintings; boxes painted on five and six sides, which enter the viewer’s own sapce. This powerful, provocative cavalcade is surrounded by the paintings on the walls, wich are the ground of all the installations. The exhibition is ordered in three units, and to top it all, all of the artworks have their own lives. This is what makes PAF’s exhibitoin so special: this stunning variegation organizes into a whole in front of our eyes. Installations and paintings intensify eachother, and lead us into a compelling world of painting.
Visit the exhibition at the Nádor Gallery, have a share in this special experience given by gestures, forms, surfaces and colors. On the 21th of August PAF1s painting comes to life on the fashion collection of Eszter Cselényi with an irregular performance, then on the 28th of August with ministration of András Jász, jazz saxophone artist and Zsirai, we discover the connections of art, music and wine.

written by: Zsófi Máté

photo: Panamy

 

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In The Focus / DIALOG2

On 26th of June in Graz, in Gallery Eugen Lendl the „Dialog 2” group exhibition was opened. Three painters of the Art Salon\Társalgó Gallery shared the exhibiton space with four austrian artists. The seething gestures of Stefan Maitz; expansive forms of Christian KRI Kammerhofer; abstract visions of Josef Wurm and the expressiveness of drawing by Michael Fanta have a word with the shadowy landscapes of Róbert Csáki; refined system of gestures by Imre Barna Balázs and the powerful colors of PAF. Dr. Márton Méhes, director of Collegium Hungaricum Wien emphasized in his opening speech, that there are energies in the space, created by the artworks effecting eachother. Truly, the halls of the gallery become a field, in which different artistic visions, styles and techniques open themselves to eachother. „Dialog 2” gives the viewer the opportunity to indite and shape the connections of the artworks. So the concept of the exhibition insures a broad playing field for the paintings, and for the visitors as well. Exciting, thought-provoking opennes of „Dialog 2” reveals, that art is a general language, which is able to blur any boundaries.

 

photo: Zsófi Máté
written by: Zsófi Máté

 

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In The Focus / DIALOG2

In spring of 2013, Art Salon\Tarsalgo Gallery’s artists debuted with great success in Vienna with the „Dialog” group exhibition. In June 2014, „Dialog II” will be settled in Gallery Eugen Lendl, in the city of Graz, Austria. The concept, just as last year, will be creating harmony of the heterogeneous material created of several artists’ artworks, so the works open themselves to each other, but they do not lose their uniqueness. Róbert Csáki, Imre Barna Balázs and PAF are excellent contemporary painters, each of them express their thoughts and feelings through painting, but with a different technique, in a different style.

Róbert Csáki’s painterly impressions are visualized by gorgeous colours and masterful compositions. On his paintings we travel into a mystical, unreal but still familiar nature. „Hommage à Caspar David Friedrich” guides us from the shady frame to the centre of the composition, so we can linger on in the bland distant lights.

Strong gestures and colours dominate the painting of PAF, which are the abstract forms of an inner world filled with vehement emotions. The sharp surfaces, stirring colours of his paintings create deep inner spaces. „Gesture Box I” is a cube, each of its sides is covered with PAF’s gestures. In this wise the pictures become spatial, and are showing the infinity and the non-enclosing, which characterize PAF’s painting.

Imre Barna Balázs seizes with amazing sensitivity the phenomenon of experience, and how the sense and the soul can shape the sensation of the world. The system of gestures on „Flux LXII” reflects the forms of nature. The intensity of colours reveals the great power of our thoughts and emotions.

The variegation of „Dialog II” will be enhanced beyond the Hungarian painters by the artists of Gallery Eugen Lendl; Michael Fanta, Christian KRI Kammerhofer, Stefan Maitz and Josef Wurm as well. Though each artwork creates an own world and aura, they can effect each other, and their dialog can vest them with stunning, new meanings. „Dialog II” will aim to represent through the connection of different artworks the open, inexhaustible, always renewable character of art.

photo: misi

written by: Zsófi Máté

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In The Focus

„Vernissage” by Róbert Csáki is ruled by an abortion. Although his shapes don’t disserve from his environment, his hooked bust, the whiteness of his shirt, and the wine glass in his hand are the most real elements of the painting’s blurred world. Not as his head on his thick neck, meaning heads, which are limbs of the same body, they are turning to us with different visages. This worrying being, if we take a closer look, really is a polite monster, who’s squint is shy, and holds his glass clumsy, with his little finger holded away from it. As if he isn’t home at the shades of the picture’s world. Vernissage is a French word, meaning the opening of an exhibition. From the title of Csáki’s artwork is clear, that this is the occasion of the figure sitting by little white table. His embarrasment is caused by the fact, that we can see him in whole, that nothing is protecting him from our staring. In this habit and situation there is a pure indication how the artist stands in front of the audience while showing them his artworks: in nudity and defencelessness.

 

photo: Mihály Borsos (misi)
written by: Zsófi Máté
Vernissage (230x200cm, oil on canvas, 2010)

 

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In The Focus

On „Flux LVIII” by Imre Barna Balázs a dynamic system of gestures is appearing on the surface of the painting, blazing in the colors and lights of dawn. The gestures vivify the picture, while they transmit the stillness of motionless stationarity. Their various colors, variant intensity of their stratification do not result tension in the space of the picture. The ground of the artwork and the gestures on it resolve to eachother, creating indissoluble whole, sense of pure harmony. Though the gestures seem stochiastic, they are part of a larger order, in which every detail has it’s own space and function. They fill the space of the artwork with movement and stationarity at the same time, as part of the conscious composition. In the shapes of gestures we can observe the forms of nature on „Flux LVIII”. The painting by Imre Barna Balázs reflects how the artitst’s, or even the viewer’s inner world translates, recreates well known sceneries. Thus it is connetcted with the reality, not only visualizes it, but unfolds it’s connection to mental, spiritual contents with the instruments of painting.

photo: misi

written by: Zsófi Máté

Flux LVIII (130×210 cm, oil on canvas, 2014)

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In The Focus

On “Flux LXIII” by Imre Barna Balázs we get into an other reality. The abstract painting, wich creates an organic system of gestures is inspired by forms of nature. On the pale blue surface of the picture there are luminous shapes of paint. They can be understood as a reflection, which appears on the water, an element of the living nature. We don’t know the real landscape, only the reproduction. The painting itself takes one more step foreward, since it is a reproduction of a reflection, i.e. a reproduction which has no original. The “Flux LXIII” faces a philosophycal question as old as art itself: is art able to be more than the reproduction of reality? If we look at the artwork by Imre Barna Balázs, we can realize, that the important thing is not the similarity between the painting and reality. The picture’s composition without any eventuality, creates an own, inner order, which leads the viewer’s perspective into the depth of the painting, to a mystical darkness, a distant sphere. It doesn’t urge us, to imagine, build the orginal reality, what is only reflected. Contrarily, it creates a substantive world.

photo: Misi

written by: Zsófi Máté

Flux LXIII (50×69,5cm, oil on wood, 2014)

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In The Focus

„Beach” by Róbert Csáki calls the mood of sultry, endless summer days into mind. On the picture, a wierd, friendly figure is bathing in the peaceful water. There is unsophisticated grace in his presence, with his shiny life saver and vast, azure beachball he is dispossessing the stylized artwork. He’s looking at us with his tiny eyes, which transmit ease and gloom at the same time. The whole painting is defined by this gentle ambivalence. It’s atmoshere is filled with airiness, childlike joy because of the scenery of the toys, but still the waft of the lifeless flowers makes it heavy with tiredness and solitude. The lovely figure on „Beach” by Csáki invites us into the painting’s world. As if he’s asking us to play with him, or simply share the worm summer silence, timeless stationarity, drowsy brightness.

photo: Misi

written by: Zsófi Máté

Beach (21x20cm, oil on wood, 2003)

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