Swaying squares and triangles mark the axis of István HALMI-HORVÁTH’s first solo exhibition at VILTIN Gallery that sometimes form colourful picturesque compositions, other times transform into monochrome visual units.
Halmi-Horváth reinterprets the non-figurative artistic traditions but resolves the static closeness of geometry in transparent layers. He varies within the frame of panel paintings: his clear out, minimalist artistic language is combined with basic operations like rotation or shifting, but this reductive approach resolves by the presence of colours. The structure of shifting remains in a sub-visual level, merely come the visual associations and form-variations into sight. The seemingly irregular, yet edited rhythm changes surmount the picture area where the transition of colours and the playfulness of shapes form his own system.
Halmi-Horváth’s works composed of squares and triangles form a whole with the wall’s plain: the basic colour and origo of his works is the white of contemporary galleries’ white cube milieu that underlies the positioning and forming of spatial shapes and serves the basis for many of his paintings. His white-based colorit is always a powerful statement: colours underline the movements, put off from the apparent static and emphasise the inner dynamics of the compositions, and furthermore highlight the spatial and temporal variations. Calculated, yet playful visuality is Halmi-Horváth’s, where the transparent layers simultaneously serve as transition and link, and their relation becomes emphatic by these subtle swings. The transparent layers dynamize and expand with additional forms the potential of interpretation and references, while the artist fills the space with shaping and deforming motifs with a horror vacui-attitude.
István HALMI-HORVÁTH (1973, Mosonmagyaróvár) He graduated from the Painting Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2002. Besides numerous collective and solo shows in Hungary and abroad, he has been participating many years at the Artists’ Colony of Győr. He is a member of the Studio of Young Artists Association (FKSE),the Hungarian Artists’ Association (MAOE), the MAMÜ Society and the Alesd Art Colony. He is the winner of the Carmen Würth Prize, the Székely Bertalan Scholarship, the Schiller Opel Prize, the „Corpus sanctum” special prize and the In memoriam 1956 special prize. Besides his public sculptures in Veszprém and Győr, his works can be found in major collections like Rómer Flóris Museum and Vass Collection.