MIKLÓSSY Gábor | Exercises
Opening: Monday, 8th of December, 6 p.m.
9th of December 2014 – 7th of February 2015
Tuesday – saturday: 10 a.m. -1 p.m.; 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The show presents an almost unknown side of Gábor Miklóssy’s art, the small, palm-sized oil paintings which he simply called „exercises”. The works dating back to the 1960’s and 1970’s were made – according to those who knew the artist (his son and his disciples) – using the paint which remained on the palette after painting.
The term exercise also refers to the musician background of the painter, who in 1935-1936, parallel to his art studies in Budapest, also visited the Music Academy. As both painter and violonist he considered exercising more than just rehersal, rather, as a generative and inspiring process.
Ideas and chance released by the subconscious, the loose brush-work, the color combinations and drawing could all be starting-points for later compositions.
Even if he stated that „art turns even chance into law” he didn’t consider his improvisations as scope, thus these exercises shouldn’t be confused with the automathic drawing of the Surrealists, even if he had many symbolic-surrealist works. The exercises are instead instruments of formal liberation and of transforming visions into images. The resulting fresh and fertile topsoil can be raised to the level of creation during the ceremonial process of painting, which paradoxally is situated between consciousness and self-hypnosis.
The exercises are accompanied by a selection from the painter’s writings and a few „great” paintings that reveal the diversity and range of Gábor Miklóssy’s thought and oeuvre.
We express our thanks to the son of the painter, Gyula Miklóssy for making this exhibition possible.
Curator: Sebestyén György Székely
Assistants of the curator: Ágota Portik-Blénessy, Vlad Comșa