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!
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.
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.
A few days ago , another neon sign was removed in Budapest. I was sorry for it, as it was one of the first I took photos of when I started Lights of Budapest back in 2015. Forgotten on the top of a big building during decades, I found it funny that its message was kind of revolutionary again: DO NOT LITTER!