Csaba Nemes - Experiment for Catching Up

Eröffnung: Mittwoch, 02. April 2014, 19h
03.04. - 31.05.2014

  • Csaba Nemes, Experiment for Catching Up, oil on canvas, 2012, 100x100 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Day to Day, oil on canvas, 2013, 150x150 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Silence is Violence, oil on canvas, 2012, 100x100cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Not Ending 20th Century, oil on canvas, 2014, 150x120 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Seemed to be a Stable Balance, oil on canvas, 2014, 90x120 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Two-Speed, oil on canvas, 2013, 200x200 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Far From the Sea 02, oil on canvas, 2013, 40x50 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Procession 01, oil on canvas, 2014, 30x40 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, There is No Stage Without Ideology 03, oil on canvas, 2012, 140x140 cm
  • Csaba Nemes, Brecht Play, oil on canvas, 2014, 50x70 cm

Knoll Galerie Wien zeigt ab 03. April die neuen Werke von Csaba Nemes, die an seine 2009 begonnene Serie „Father’s Name: Csaba Nemes“ anknüpfen. Diese Serie  basiert auf den Amateurfotografien von Csaba Nemes’ Vater aus den 60er und 70er Jahren, der das alltägliche Leben wie auch seine Funktion als Bürgermeister eines kleinen Ortes zur Zeit des Kommunismus, in einem dokumentarischen Stil eingefangen hatte. Einige dieser Fotografien setzte Csaba Nemes in Malerei um, wobei er zu Beginn dem ausgewählten Motiv streng folgte. Mit intensiverer Beschäftigung jedoch adaptierte er Komposition, Kontext, Farbgebung oder auch Malstil:

"Some years ago, I have started to work on my painting series „Father’s Name: Csaba Nemes” which is based on my father’s amateur photographs. After a few years following his private documentary I realized that I’m not only interested in his nice grayish photos, but more and more in the connections between the previous and the recent regime. More often I took my own photos and I adjusted the context or I combined them with some of my father’s pieces. Meanwhile the style of the paintings has changed, there are more often colors and less photorealistic references. Sometimes I use different photographical sources in one paintings to create a sort of montage. For a while there was a very remarkable common element in the works which shows their belonging to the series: They are all squares. The square is a very strong and in a way arrogant format which can suggest a kind of assertion. In my very recent paintings I skipped this strong visual form which means that they are not essentially/necessarily part of the „Father’s Name” series any more. 

Every painting has its own story but it doesn’t mean that one can read them as a novel. It is more that the paintings try to build up a visual construction full with political elements and visual references of different social movements. 

For example Day to Day depicts a demolished monument which can represent the permanent reinterpretations of our historical past. The pure base of the monument can be seen as a skeleton of the sculpture. In the backround of the painting there are some typical buildings of Budapest and some people around the contrustion who seemed to be lonely and definitely out of the context. 

The other example is Seemed To Be a Stable Balace. The image is dominated by a central perspective view of a street and in the middle there is a figure who tries to balance two paperboxes. He stays like an actor on the stage and his movement - as he holds the empty boxes - is a bit ironic because the weight of the boxes can’t be heavy. In the backround there are other figures but they are not part of  the play. The buildings around are a bit raunchy and the atmosphare is not funny at all. The situation can be a metaphor or a model of the never ending difficulties which cause the endless feeling of suffering for the Eastern European people. These people did a lot in the last two decades to catch up on their dreams. As a member of the Eastern European community I feel free to express the Experiment for Catching Up  in an ironic or  self ironic way.“