PIERRAKOS & ISTVAN SZILASI
Magdalen Pierrakos' FEAR OF EMPTY SPACE: Non-emptiness leads to an illusion
of non-emptiness. Objects, installation.
1. "New York Marathon", 2001 (Leaf Runner) 25 min., DV-NTSC,
Shot in the Central Park during the New York Marathon, the camera continues
a nervous run on the silhouette of the trees. The screen is divided into
two basic parts the trees and the sky meanwhile the sound of the marathon
is audible as a soundtrack.
2. "Soda Breath", DV-NTSC, 10 min, 2002
Description: The artist is coping with reshaping soda bottles. His goal
is to blow a sphere like shape out of the familiar shape of the soda bottles
applying pressure and heat. The only result is that the bottles melt and
shrink. On the video the process is reversed the artist starts with the
melted material and end up "blowing" the shape of the coca-cola
or seltzer bottles.
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Istvan Szilasi's studio located at:
702 E.5th st Ground Floor
New York NY
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Magdalen Pierrakos' work can be seen in Karen Finley's
book entitled AROUSED which was published by Avalon in November 2001.
Istvan Szilasi lives and works in New York City. He was born and educated
in Hungary. A member of the well-known artists group "Ujlak"
in Budapest, a collective that built installations, ran its own galleries
and curated numerous exhibitions, during the 1990s. Currently, Szilasis
work includes sculpture, digital imaging, video animation, digital prints,
and web-based works. He has exhibited widely in Europe.
The series Adult Blind (1999/2000) consists of interchangeable canvas
panels that form a mosaic of paintings. All of the images in this series
are appropriated from adult Internet sites. I alter these photographs
by replacing the body from the digital image by means of computer editing
techniques. Thus, I leave only the background of the photograph, which
becomes the subject of these "paintings." These background images
range from sumptuous interiors, to tacky hotel rooms, to rustic outdoor
settings. The backgrounds remain as markers of a private space that is
hyper-exposed through Internet circulation.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
I Would Feel Sorry if you Thought that you Can't get Everything that you
Deserve, FRAC, Caen, France (curated by Barnabas Bencsik)
Brewster Project, Brewster, NY (curated by Karen E. Jones)
Media Model, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary (curated by Miklos Peternak)
idiopath/, Lazy J, Williamsburg, NY
Try again later, Gasworks Gallery, London (curated by B. Bencsik, I.Petrina
Petit, Econome, Tonitruant, Gallery Triangle, Rennes (curated by Stephane
Le Mercier) sic, Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary (curated by Andras
Beyond Belief , Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (curated by Laura
Ujlak Sport, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Real Small (Little Things), Feszek Klub, Budapest, Randolph Street Gallery,
Chicago, Art in General, NYC and tour (curated by Laura Hoptman ) Ubergange
(Passage), Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany (Curated by Hans Knoll)
Fremd und Vertraut (Foriner and Reliable), Ujlak Group, Kulturfabrik Saltzman,
Kassel, Germany Polyphonia, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Budapest
My current work is based on the reconfiguration of materials and images.
In a sense my artworks can be described as direct visual puns. I alter
objects and materials with an extreme sense of irony; choosing to address
philosophical questions and cultural issues through employing succinct
humorous gestures. Recently, my work focuses on the Internet by commenting
on the type of images that circulate on the Web. Specifically, Im
interested in, who is addressed and how the subject is represented.
My sculptures enact visual stunts calling into question how objects are
utilized within everyday life citing both the subtle marks that become
embedded within objects and also the effect that objects have within space.
Im interested in the vocabulary of advertising and its ability to
deliver the maximum of information in reductive, visual sound bytes. Equally,
advertising relies upon sophisticated seductive appeal to capture viewer
Overall, my work shifts the use value of commonplace objects and images,
which are in a sense neutered through my subtle interventions. I invite
the viewer to reflect upon these meticulously selected entities that are
normally encountered within everyday life and by evacuating their functionality
I invest these materials with a unique yet accessible sculptural presence.