ANI MOLNÁR GALLERY, Budapest: Attila KONDOR, Péter MÁTYÁSI | Depicted Time

Attila KONDOR, Péter MÁTYÁSI | Depicted Time

Opening: 17 September, 2014, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Opening speech by: Andrea BORDÁCS PhD., art theorist

Address: ANI MOLNÁR GALLERY, 22 Bródy Sándor street, Budapest, Hungary, 1088

On view until: 21 November, 2014, from Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The works by the two artists create space which simultaneously absorbs the viewer into their fictitious world and makes them consciously examine the process of perception. The tension between understanding and overwhelming or existence and non-existence build up the core of the exhibition. The artworks are flashes of real or imaginary places, whose edges are blurry as if they were still being created. They are images of our memory about a fictitious trip, personal to anyone and unfinished.

The technique of the artworks provokes effects similar to Brecht’s V-effects. The works overwhelm us with their aesthetic qualities and at the same time make viewers to consciously reconstruct the process of perception. Kondor’s new painting animation, which is considered to be the continuation of his previous work 'The Paths of Attention', transforms the usual interpretation to linear. Instead of perceiving several parts of an artwork simultaneously, he creates a string of interpretations. Mátyási’s eerie works made by a unique technique, of filmstrip-like material and with romantic-melancholic colours stimulate the imagination of the viewers. However, this vibe is broken by the geometrical, structural forms and the reverse technique that is to be examined as being hung from the ceiling the works can be walked around. Also, the use of the rubber in the process of creation is a deconstructive method, which makes people notice the fragments, the phases of creation.

Lack, existence and non-existence are in the focus of the works by both artists. Mátyási develops his central shapes by deletion, which creates an inside-out version of reality and sets the negative as standard. In Kondor’s works white light is the lack of colours in the image. Still, it is the light that attracts the viewers’ attention and opens up new possible interpretations. Non-existence represents the usual, the standard, which invites viewers for contemplation in the meditative atmosphere of the harmonious works.

The artworks show partly real, partly imaginary places. Kondor’s library or Mátyási’s lookout towers reflect on existing buildings, but they are empty, ’contextless’ spaces, the very idea of a library or a lookout tower. Therefore, they evoke personal memories in everyone and provide the opportunity to personalise them. To build up the empty space and close the unfinished projects. That of the library being built and the sight out of which the tower is accurately deleted.

Attila Kondor (1974) graduated from the Hungarian University of Arts in 2000 specialised in Prints. Ha has been exhibiting at numerous solo and group shows in Hungary as well as abroad including the Hungarian National Gallery and the 11th Delhi Triennial. Among many others he received the Rome Scholarship in 2007. He creates animations as well, which are based on his own drawings and paintings. His new project entitled 'Ontogenesis', which has been made for the present show, is going to be exhibited in Museum Kiscell as well.

Péter Mátyási (1982) graduated from the Hungarian University of Arts in 2009 as a painter and a teacher. He was pursuing studies in Chelsea College of Art and Design in London during his last year of university. He has been exhibiting at several group shows in Hungary and abroad. He started to include photorealism into his works due to the works by Bern and Hilla Becher. His latest works are made with graphite, pastel and rubber on square shaped foil which resembles filmstrips.

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