PLAYFUL - Works by István Felsmann and Andrea Tivadar

Opening: 23 February 2023, 6 pm
On view: 24 February – 31 March 2023
Opening Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 12 – 6 pm
Opening speech by: Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, critic, art writer, editor-in-chief of Artportal 

Exhibiting artists: István Felsmann, Andrea Tivadar

István Felsmann builds his peculiarly playful artworks from lego blocks. He carefully plans his lasercut elements before building them on their monochrome backgrounds, which then recall architectural elements or art historical remembrance, and sometimes simply remind us to the ever lasting search for order and symmetry. The images constructed by Felsmann simultaneously de- and reconstruct the space, and refer not only to the collective memory but to the ambiguities of today’s virtually built realities.

Andrea Tivadar's latest paintings are dominated by the playful relationships of colorful, tube-like shapes falling on vigorously painted gray backgrounds. These colorful, tube-like elements are sometimes dancing in the virtual space, and sometimes racing to push one other in opposite directions.  They refer to the random flows of information and the difficulties of interoperability between different realities.

On Tivadar’s paintings, just as on Felsmann’s works, the meeting of soft and hard elements, the tense playfulness of the building of different layers dominate. Felsmann's re-constructed ping-pong table, an installation placed in the central space of the gallery, not only refers to the connection between the two artists, but also to the fundamental intertwining of play and art.

Andrea Tivadar was born in 1991 in Satu-Mare, she lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed her studies in Painting from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. She participated in several residency programs, for example in Rennes and in Rome, and in 2018 she was awarded by the Teodor Moraru Scholarship for Painting. She participated in a number of group and solo shows in Hungary and abroad. István Felsmann was born in 1984 in Budapest. He graduated in 2013 at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. He participated in several residency programs and won the Gyula Derkovits award twice. He has had several group and solo exhibitions in the past decade.


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