26 February – 21 March 2014
Opening night: 25 February 2014, 6 pm
In the beginning of 2013 Zsófi Barabás spent two months in Frankfurt in the framework of the residency exchange programme of Budapest Gallery. The exhibition entitled Urban Histology in Faur Zsófi Gallery showcases the works that were inspired by the weeks in the city by the river Main.
While working in her studio at Atelier Frankfurt, the most influential visual stimuli included the structure of the studio’s lattice window, the prism-shaped containers behind it, the tower of the European Central Bank which resembles a space rocket launching station, and the burning-red colored block of the Portikus contemporary exhibition space. These are the buildings and architectural details that appear in their organic compositions, rewritten in clean scale-model-like forms, producing an exciting tension between the two types of visual culture. These do not repel each other, but they do not create organic mixes either; yet, they cooperate somehow.
The organic devours the geometric – most of our physical surroundings are made up of perpendiculars and parallels, yet human beings are organic. In her recent works Zsófi Barabás undermines exactly this power relationship: however, she does not achieve this subversion by a simple exchange of the superior element with the subordinate one, but rather by the juxtaposition of the two.
Zsófi Barabás says that in her practice of painting she looks for structures with the help of ‘color tones’, yet her most recent period seems to suggest that as well as the primacy of color schemes and references to nature, her pictures have more to do with the built environment than anyone has ever imagined. The urban scenery proved to be influential on her work on several levels: for example, her tangle-motifs in 2009 originated in overhead wires seen in Tokyo, and in 2007 she created a whole series of works entitled Berlin. In her compositions, we cannot only recognize the microscopic view of biology, but also the throbbing sceneries of imagined city structures with their overlapping districts, parks, rivers, and the interweaving and disjointed web of track in railway stations. In this sense, the perspective of these pictures may remind us of the bird`s eye view of aerial photos, while the vivid colors seem to make the spatial distribution of life behind walls visible with the help of thermal imaging. In the continuously changing metropolitan complexity of cluster-like or loosely adhering fragmented zones, the central element keeps shifting: the periphery may become the centre, and the centre may turn into a periphery. In Barabás` drawings and canvases one can observe recurrent movements and relations, forms that keep emptying out and filling up, connecting and disconnecting, contracting and unraveling. The extensions do not originate from one point, but from many, so as to spread over the whole surface.
The city - this network of overlapping, continuously moving communities and complexes - is often compared to a living organism, a being with or without a definite form that has its own intrinsic laws and mechanisms. It is a living tissue, where the organic meets the geometric. With Barabás` compositions made in Frankfurt, we seem to enter the depths of this bustling urban world. The perspective multiplies, there are close-ups of the architecture that can be interpreted both as samples taken from the tissue of the city, and as momentarily flashing street views.
Zsófi BARABÁS (1980, Budapest) graduated from the Departments of Graphic Design, Visual Education and Painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2004. Thanks to the Monbukagakusho Scholarship, she studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) in 2009. She participated in residency programmes several times for instance in Rauma and Porvoo (Finland), in Darmstadt and Frankfurt (Germany) and took courses at the Sommerakademie Salzburg. She is currently a student in the Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts at the University of Pécs. Her works are continuously displayed in both solo shows and selected for curated group exhibitions. Her master is Ilona Keserü.
Zsófi Barabás exhibited together with Imre Bak in Faur Zsofi Gallery in the framework of the show entitled Nonfigurations in 2012. Urban Histology is her first solo show in the gallery.
On view: 20 November - 13 December 2013
"The political anatomy is coming into being while also becoming the machinery of power. It defines how to capture one’s body, not only for the sake of doing what we want from it but also to work as we want it to do so, according to a previously defined and assigned method, speed and efficiency."
Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish >>>
Faur Zsófi Gallery at SCOPE Miami 2013
We are glad to announce that Faur Zsófi Gallery is returning to the United States after participating at SCOPE New York in March and will exhibit at SCOPE Miami in the beginning of December. >>>
Faur Zsófi Gallery is pleased to announce its participation at SWAB Barcelona art fair, taking place between 3 and 6 October, 2013.
Faur Zsófi Gallery will exhibit artworks by Adam Bota, Borbála Blahó, Viola Fátyol, Ádám Magyar, Áron Majoros and Gergely Szatmári. >>>
ON THE ROAD
group exhibition by
Zsófi BARABÁS, Borbála BLAHÓ, Gábor Arion KUDÁSZ, Áron Zsolt MAJOROS, Hajnal MIKLÓS, Gergely SZATMÁRI
The exhibition runs
from 24th of June, 2013 to 31th of July, 2013.
Summer opening hours:
Tuesday to Thursday: 14.00 - 18.00
or by appointment: +3620-212-92-29 >>>
Gergely Szatmari is an experienced Hungarian photographer. He used to be engaged with commercial, fashion, constructed images. Recently his activity turned towards the autonom long-term photographic projects. His photographic attitude is as well as a diverse one and complex regarding its implementation. His interest ranges from documentarism through narratives till conseptualism. >>>
Aron Gabor`s exhibition entitled Labyrinth of Light displays phase photos and computer-graphics produced during his 1989 on-stage performances. These works strongly interlink with the topics of his oil paintings and large works on paper created in 2012. >>>
The contemporary artist Adam Bota was born in 1975 in Linz/Austria.
He currently lives and works in Vienna/Austria. Raised by artists of Hungarian descent (his fahter is a sculptur and his mother an opera singer) - and among their circle of friends of artists/musicians/intellectuals Adam grew up exposed to a culturally diverse world, filled with appreciation for creativity, fine arts and music. >>>
ALL IS WELL - The assumption has the voice of asseveration. As in the state of orderliness there is no necessity of the verbal affirmation of the given state. Moreover, there is no necessity of any kind of affirmation. >>>
The title (of the exhibition and the series) refers literally to our unappeasable desire to the cognition of the deep of sea as well as it refers to the mental deep, as an entity, where no words are, we communicate with our bodies, the physical violence becomes our common language which is understandable for everyone.
The exhibition runs from 8th of November, 2012 to the 8th of December, 2012 >>>
Exhibition "under water" (jewellery) extended until November 4th 2012 at PANEL Contemporary (basement of Faur Zsófi Gallery)
Faur Zsófi Gallery exhibits the works of four jewellery designers and a photographer in Budapest Design Week. The artists focused on five different interpretations of water and on the circulation of nature. >>>
In many different ways, but everyone is waiting for the summer. Someone wants to go to Lake Balaton, others would like to travel abroad, maybe to the French Riviera or to the adventurous Amazonas river, and others again just want to have a little rest and take a break. Here, at the Faur Zsófi Gallery we are waiting for this summer and for YOU with our special Summer Selection exhibition. >>>
Milan Image Art Fair is the first art fair entirely dedicated to photography and video art. Arriving to its second edition with growing professional reputation, this year’s Hungarian participant is Faur Zsofi Gallery introducing two series of internationally acclaimed Arion Gábor Kudász. >>>
Transcendency is the main focus of the exhibition entitled God bless you. All featuring artists are engaged with spritual or religious issues approaching from a very personal point of view, nonethless the way of interpretation is different both visually and in point of using mediums. The exhibition showcases works that have connection with trancendency, relegion and faith itself. Using traditional Christian iconography as a starting point , the works either represent directly or symbolically the holy presence or draw attention to spiritulaity in everyday life.
Faur Zsófi – Ráday Gallery welcomes you on VIENNAFAIR on stand nr. A0708 from 12 May to 15 May 2011.
Artists represented: Borbála BLAHÓ, Bálint BORI, Bazil DULISKOVICH, László László RÉVÉSZ, Gergely SZATMÁRI >>>
For one breath…
On Duliskovich Bazil’s impulsive paintings silent tranquility reigns, which weaves his works as spider webs hiding int he corner and streched to the braking point as the specially flavored Eastern Europian motifs are just to dropp.
Faur Zsófi – Ráday Gallery opens the new 2011 year with Márton Barabás’s major exhibition at a new location. The exhibition is not only featuring the artist with a thirty-year-old career behind, but the premiere of ’Contemporary Art from Hungary’ series newest piece as well which the Ráday Gallery runs.
Guided tour with the artist: 18th January 2011, 5 p.m.