« By discussing the things in life, the artworks of Zsolt Tibor make these things appear.
By discussing the things in life, the artworks of Zsolt Tibor make discussion on these things appear.
Zsolt Tibor is progressive.
Zsolt Tibor is timeless.
Drawing is timeless and therefore always progressive. »
Zsolt Tibor's art practice starts with drawing. It starts with a surface meticulously and repetitively covered with figural and abstract elements which aren’t devoted to a specific narration or linear interpretation but rather to spontaneous occurrences and associations of materials and meanings. Through collages, ready-made and objects applications, lighting but also through their surface itself (for the artist the material, support of the image as the same importance as the image itself), drawings are the constituting element of the artist’s installations and spatial compositions. Two-dimensional artworks then become spaces, symbols and monuments.
In Trash Talk to Objects, Zsolt Tibor deals with a compulsive behavior, a kind of (unconditional) love / (conditional) hate, or vice versa, of the individual towards objects. Objects which we could also define here as « things in life ». This care/not care relation comes from a certain impatient temper, a ritualized loneliness mixed with habits of a consumer society. This exhibition is about animism, battle between objects and experience, defense mechanisms builded up in the mind as patterns and rituals.
Height images of objects are hanged on the gallery columns, higher than the usual horizon line, in a temple-like installation, keeping distance between the viewer and the exhibited « objects ». The images aren’t photography but scans, without postproduction. They are raw images, including dust and other traces from the machine and circonstances of the scanning. Yet their rawness and expected objectivity is betrayed by a distortion of the original format. The images have been carelessly resized to fit perfectly their support and the architecture itself. In the hierarchy of things, the gallery space has the ultimate priority. It is in fact the bigger object, the embodiment of the utterance. With a purpose of apotheoses.
Zsolt Tibor (born in 1973 in Budapest, lives and works in Vienna) is one of the most representative contemporary Hungarian artists of his generation. He graduated from the painting department of the of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. He was the first Hungarian artist to be awarded by the Strabag Artaward International in 2009. Among other collective projects, Zsolt Tibor had solo exhibitions in Budapest, (Trafo and Viltin gallery) at Lukas Feichtner Gallery in Vienna, in Lisbon, Helsinki or Sevilla. Some of his works take part in the Ludwig Museum Budapest Collection, the Carousel Collection in NYC or the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Graphics.
Exhibition on display until the 8th of May 2016