Natural Randomness - Collective Exhibition Opening

Tomorrow Thursday 14th of February, there will be the opening of Natural Randomness, the new collective exhibition of MyMuseum Gallery. Some of my Formas artworks (including very new ones!) will be exhibited together with the works of Marcell Piti and Ákos Rajnai.

The exhibition explores the idea of randomness as a component of the creative process in the digital era. You can read the full description down below.

Hope to see you there!

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By displaying spaces and surfaces which are fictitious as well as organic looking the show draws attention to the role of timeliness and randomness in nature. Seemingly tangible textures and digital compositions intertwine in the artworks on show. All the three artists experiment with the materials of photograhy by redifining analogue techniques and reusing organic materials. Piti and Val combine used negatives with digital methods and Rajnai develops a digitally taken photo in an analogue way onto natural material.

Although the artworks on show display pieces that present abstract, seemingly organic structures, they are all digital. The organic quality might be caused by not only the use of natural substances, but also by the fact that the randomness and the passing of time during the creation process becomes visible in the works. Randomness is a central characterstic used by physics as well when processes taking place in nature are described. For instance the Gauss-curve is used to visualise the random distribution or the Brown-moition is to describe the randomly moving particles. They are the damage caused by passing time on the negatives in Piti's works, the trace of the flow of liquid chemicals on negatives in Val's works and the random arrangement of pixels on Rajnai's canvases that reflect on the randomness and timeliness of the creation process.

It is the visibility of randomness and timeliness in the creation process that converts abstract structures into organic shapes in the eye of the viewer. The exhibited pieces vividly depict the co-existance of artistic intention and randomness, the organic and the digitial, which also evokes questions about the materiality of photography and the description of processes in nature.

"Her Memories were Valuable" Exhibition

Almost a month ago I set my first drawing exhibition in an small café in Budapest, called 3 Pajamas. Personal reasons prevented me to really talk about it and make some promotion, but I would like to do it now because even if it’s a tiny thing, I’m really proud of it.

Her memories were valuable is the first drawing project I have ever shown in public.

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Through a simple and common object as it is a coffee mug, I want to explore the idea of the self as a container of emotions and to revise all these toxic messages we all once have heard and have stored in ourselves forever. Every drawing is accompanied with a sentence open enough for personal interpretation inviting the viewers to self reflect on their own experiences.

You still have time until February to pop by and see my little drawings.

If you are not in Budapest, you can see these drawings here.

Soon they will be for sale on my Etsy shop, but you can email me at info@isabelval.com if you are interested!


The Vinyl Shop Effect Opening

Some of the photos of my series Blue Line will be part of a collective show called “The Vinyl Shop Effect” that will open on Friday at Mymuseum Gallery. Hope to see you there!

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Exhibiting artists:

Kristóf MURÁNYI
Tibor NAGY
Péter TREMBECZKI
Isabel VAL

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Why do people like old stuff? How old is old enough to have a revival? Why do people feel a connection to objects, why do they collect them and what is nostalgia? These questions are the underlying drivers of the group show entitled The Vinyl Shop Effect which presents the duality within the beauty of deteriorated buildings and retro furniture through artworks by Kristóf Murányi, Tibor Nagy, Péter Trembeczki and Isabel Val. The exhibition aims to raise understanding about the concept of nostalgia and the attraction towards old objects as well as to help experience their benefits.
The Vinyl Shop Effect plays with the jovial vibe of nostalgia and at the same time draws people’s attention to the importance of having a balanced relationship with one’s past. The works on show humorously pinpoint details that build up people’s collective memory, and make it visible that there is a psychological task hidden in the feeling of nostalgia, that is to process the bittersome face of the past. The show provides an opportunity to have the identity forming nature of nostalgia analysed and experienced.