Molnár Ani Gallery: Para-scape

Balázs Csepregi | György Szász – Para-scape 

 

Opening: 25 September 2013, at 6 p.m. 

Opening speech by: Délia VÉKONY, art historian 

Address: ANI MOLNÁR GALÉRIA, 1088 Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 22. 1.floor 

On show until: 29 November 2013 from Tuesday to Friday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 The exhibition space is populated by landscapes made out of wood, concept-objects, and everyday and at the same time unusual forms and shapes. From the outset the Ani Molnár Gallery’s exhibition program has emphasized contemporary Hungarian sculpture. This exhibition fosters a dialogue between contemporary art enthusiasts and the most recent works of two mid-career sculptors, Balázs Csepregi and György Szász, artists whose compositions are also reflections on each other’s thoughts and ideas. In this group exhibition, wood, the oldest raw material of the sculptor, will dominate. The properties of wood, its cellular structure and captivating surfaces, proclaim its naturalness as a choice of artistic medium.

Having used a more provocative material in his aluminum sculptures, Balázs Csepregi goes back to a more traditional material, searching for new expressive potentials in wood. In his works he presents familiar scenes and forms that can be recognized as reflections on nature. The starting point of Csepregi’s art is everyday life in the countryside: e.g. Kossuth Street presents a view of a street in a village. Although the sculpture seems to be playful at first glance, its monochrome shades and the complete absence of any human presence makes it somber. The row of houses reminds the viewer of Hungarian villages consisting of a single street, in which the geometric simplicity of the buildings can be traced back to the village-house type of the ’50’s. 

In his latest conceptual wooden works, György Szász transforms his everyday perceptions into unusual spatial situations by transposing his ideas into sculptural solutions. In the course of this process, the things seen by the artist are transformed into an autonomous visual world. The works presented in this exhibition constitute a continuation of an earlier train of thought begun in his solo show six months ago in the Óbudai Társaskör Gallery. György Szász’s ironic attitude is palpable in his titles, 

which are based on witty word-play. In his object-ensembles, his “almost-objects”, everyday objects that have been transformed or have lost their function resemble both allusions and traces of an imaginary world. 

Balázs Csepregi (1974, Budapest) completed his studies in the Sculpture Program at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2000 under the tutelage of István Bencsik and Zoltán Karmó. He also did his Master’s degree here. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, e.g. in India, the Viennese Wittgenstein House, the City Gallery in Székesfehérvár and the Mulberry Garden. 

György Szász (1971, Budapest) completed his studies at the Department of Art History at ELTE in 1997. In 1999 he graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts as a sculptor, having studied in the class taught by Tamás Körösényi. He participated in the Master’s program and completed a teaching diploma. He has had solo exhibitions in the Studio Gallery, the Mulberry Garden, the Dorottya Gallery, and most recently the Óbudai Társaskör Gallery. 

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