AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS
Opening: 10 March, 2022, Thursday 3-8 PM
Opening by: Dávid Fehér, art historian
On view: 10 March – 29 April, 2022
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12-6 PM
We are delighted to annouce the first solo exhibition of Martin Lukáč in Hungary, in the Erika Deák Gallery. On the occasion of the exhibition, Dávid Fehér, art historian, will talk to the artist in English. Due to the epidemic situation, this talk will be held and recorded behind closed doors, the video documentation will be published on our online platforms. The public opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, 10 March 2022, between 3-8 PM, in the presence of the artist.
Martin Lukáč, a young painter of Slovakian origin living in Prague, is no stranger to international audiences. His paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and North America (London, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles), and now for the first time in Hungary.
Lukáč's painting is the expression of a liberated, intuitive creative process. His paintings are reminiscent of the abstract, expressive masters, but also have the freedom of graffiti artists and elements of pop culture. For him, painting is a way of being, the process of creation, its essence, the sensual capture of the moment, in his paintings, which are bursting with motifs and colours. His paintings come to life like strange characters from the world of comic books, his amorphous forms, painted in vibrant, vivid colours, springing out of backgrounds full of free-flowing lines, like automatic punctuation marks.
Lukáč often thinks in serieses, using a motif several times, which he then systematically repeats in his canvases in different variations until he exhausts them. Repetition and the reduction of forms not only define Lukáč's art formally, but are also fundamental to his practice. His chosen motifs are not only the subject of his paintings, but also, through their repetition, he transcends them, ultimately acting as a medium for painting.
Martin Lukáč (1989, Pieštany, Slovakia) is living and working in Prague. He graduated from the Technical University of Košice with a BA in Fine Arts in 2013 and received a Master's degree in Painting from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2016. He was a guest student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2014 and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig in 2015. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and North America and are part of numerous private and public collections. In 2018 he was in Brussels, and in 2019 in Los Angeles for an artist residency program.
In accordance with current epidemiological regulations, it is mandatory to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose at the opening of the exhibition in the gallery space.
The full exhibition can be viewed on the gallery's website and social media pages, and will be open for viewing during opening hours.
If you need any further information, please contact us by e-mail.