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[Nettime-ro] Szabolcs Veres at Spencer Brownstone Gallery

Szabolcs Veres - Hyle

April 9th - May 19th, 2010
Opening Friday April 9th, 6 - 8 pm

Spencer Brownstone Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new
work by Romanian artist Szabolcs Veres, the artist's first solo exhibition
in New York.

In this new body of work, Szabolcs Verespresents a bold neo-expressionist
re-imagining of art historical themes of classical portraiture. He employs
these traditions as starting points in his canvases, proceeding to break
them down in paintings that dramatically collapse distinctions between
subject and object, and push his work toward a sumptuous, often disturbing
visceral resolution.

Veres proposes a loosely gestural yet mostly figurative painting though
carefully avoiding narration or any illustrative visual discourse. His
"subjects" allow him to merge landscape, human and animal presence through
which he convincingly exploits his potential as a truly impressive

If the traditional theme of the portrait has been explored with the intent
to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person,
then Veres' approach comes conceptually close to Aristotle's theory of
Hylomorphism: The word hyle in Ancient Greek means matter or "stuff". In
Aristotle's writings, the term adheres to a more conceptual reading than a
physical one. This reading suggests that matter can be described as being
the constituent of something rather than merely a physical substance. In
other words, matter is a relative term -one that is more informed by
abstract thought processes than by the stating of clear, simple facts.
Veres both embraces and exploits this Aristotelian concept with his
exploration of the grotesque. In his work there exists a morphing of
disparate elements that sing strange new harmonies and rear brutal
discords. Upon completion, these new entities are left with aesthetic legs
of their own, -they are no longer ascribed to any of the various realms
from which their components were borrowed. Rather than submit to the label
of pastiche, Veres work is
perceived as an autonomous aberration of nature, as a negation of what is
considered the natural order.

If the grotesque has been seen as merely the principle of disharmony run
wild, or was relegated to the cruder species of the comic, Veres's vision
on the ugly is a fundamentally ambivalent thing, a violent clash of
opposites, and hence, in some of its forms at least, is an appropriate
expression of the problematical nature of existence.

Szabolcs Veres was born in 1983, Satu Mare, Romania and lives and works in
Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has participated in exhibitions at the MODEM
Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Museum of
Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania and is expected to receive his
PhD in painting from the University of Arts and Design Cluj-Napoca,
Romania in 2011. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States.

Spencer Brownstone Gallery
39 Wooster Street
New York, NY,10013
Tel:  212 334 3455
Fax: 212 274 1157

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