MOLNÁR ANI GALÉRIA, Budapest: Syntax of Parallels

Syntax of Parallels
Tanja Koljonen, Beatrix Szörényi
and György Szász

Opening: 5 June 2013, at 6 p.m.

Opening speech by Borbála SZALAI, art historian

On show: until 6 September 2013, from Tuesday to Friday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The joint exhibition of Tanja Koljonen, Beatrix Szörényi and György Szász focuses on the common territory of the three artists’ creative deliberations, namely the encounter between verbal and visual systems. These two worlds could not exist without each other, yet they also function as opposites – due to their essential differences neither can be defined by the other.

The works of each of the three artists speak to the viewer with a play of the wall surface. Tanja Koljonen’s photographs of her assemblages, Beatrix Szörényi combinations of drawings and objects and György Szász’s three dimensional architectural elements (fitted on the wall, but protruding into the space of the gallery) explore the relationship between the walls and the space they circumscribe. It is not by accident that one finds in the works of the artist and art historian György Szász a deep knowledge and respect for the age-old principles of sculpture, even if this very respect manifests itself in violations of these principles. With her conceptually based works Beatrix Szörényi examines the mutual influences of image and text, and thereby pries into the question of how meanings are transformed.

In her works she investigates how compositions change when certain parts are covered – blocked out. A photograph of a building, for example, bears as positive forms the missing (negative) parts of another sheet. As in the works of Szörényi, the correlative relationship of text and image and the gesture of subtracting and concealing emerge in the works of Tanja Koljonen. Some of her works appear as reversed collages in which, instead of various motifs that have been glued on, the viewer is confronted with parts of a text have been cut out. In other words various elements are extracted from the plane.

Tanja KOLJONEN (1981, lives and works in Helsinki). Finnish conceptual photographer. She is currently enrolled in the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2012 she did a transfer semester at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. She is a member of Taik Gallery, which includes artists at the forefront of Finnish photography.

György SZÁSZ (1971, lives and works in Budapest). Szász creates sculptures, installations and objects from plain, raw architectural or woodwork material and found objects. His artworks function as models of a system based on the laws of a parallel universe that examine the dimensions of non-existent spaces.

Beatrix SZÖRÉNYI (1976, lives and works in Isaszeg). Born in Germany of Hungarian parents, her connection to language is a recurring question for her. The relationship of artwork and object has a peculiar role in her works. By examining this, she addresses ideological and philosophical questions.

Molnár Ani Galéria

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