The selection of Art+Text Budapest ('Allzumenschliches') analyses different conditions of human existence, from grotesque floundering to dramatic melancholy. The exhibition gives an insight into the gallery's rich and diverse portfolio in which established artists from older gener
Tamás Soós (1955) is one of the most distinguished representatives of his generation which emerged in the 1980s. Soós have built his unique oeuvre by adjusting it to a metanarrative scheme in which calligraphic abstract expressionism, monochrome simplicity, variegated postmodern and playful irony harmonise with one other. In the past years Soós has been working with his personal iconography christened "baroque melancholy" as well as his "soul archetypes" of human figures. The resulting statues are sometimes dramatic human figures made of millboard, sometimes soap-coloured plastic forms evoking the ephemeral character of Erwin Wurm's one-minute sculptures. Art+Text Budapest brings a selection of these exquisite works to Viennacontemporary 2018, presenting it alongside Soós’s latest works on paper which connect expressive brushstrokes with the tampered visual world of magazines. These works will be juxtaposed and contrasted to one another, as well as to the works of Ákos Ezer.
The unmistakably energetic, colourful and grotesque paintings of the young Ákos Ezer (b. 1989) have been featured in numerous exhibitions both in Hungary and abroad. Ranging from 25 centimetres to 1.7 metres in width, the paintings shown at Viennacontemporary present everyday people as their protagonists. We see these figures camping in the woods, crouching in front of their tents, chopping onions for a stew, even winching a totem-like object. The obnoxious charm of the depicted figures, the expressive brushstrokes and a palette awash with rich colour contrasts add an overbearing quality to these canvases. Ezer creates a painterly universe that is simultaneously amusing and suffocating, charming and grotesque, dignified and pitiful, thereby illustrating the kind of contradictions that inevitably accompany our lives.