ÁRPÁD FORGÓ Tales From the First Floor Novem­ber 17 – De­cem­ber 23, 2017

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Artist Re­cep­tion: Fri­day, Novem­ber 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm “I re­spond to the ma­te­rial. It wants me to shape and ca­ress. It’s how the ma­te­rial re­sponds to you work­ing with it that cre­ates the ob­ject . . .” – Ar­pad Forgo Anya Tish Gallery is de­lighted to an­nounce the sec­ond solo ex­hi­bi­tion of Bu­dapest-based artist Árpád Forgó, ti­tled Tales From the First Floor. In the tra­di­tion of the Hun­gar­ian neo avant­garde, Forgó uti­lizes shaped can­vas to cre­ate vis­ually al­lur­ing, sub­tle ki­netic works while em­brac­ing the her­itage of Euro­pean ab­strac­tion and de­vel­op­ing it fur­ther through his own geo­met­ric meth­ods, such as re­flec­tion, shift­ing and ro­ta­tion. By erad­i­cat­ing any ref­er­ence to the vis­ual world, Árpád Forgó’s care­fully painted shaped can­vas struc­tures cre­ate an en­tirely new ob­ject that in­stead ref­er­ences its own form. Each ef­ful­gently min­i­mal work is pared down to its ba­sic el­e­ments - form, color and line, and cre­ated from var­i­ous species of wood, such as Tas­ma­nian oak, cedar and balsa wood, into a unique spa­tial con­struc­tion that re­tains the ma­te­rial’s in­her­ent in­tegrity and beauty. By uti­liz­ing what the artist calls “il­lu­sory drift” as a vis­ual tool to prompt a read­ing of the works, Forgó ques­tions how we look, per­ceive and re­veal the phys­i­cal as­pects of space. Each vis­cer­ally pro­por­tioned work re­veals com­po­si­tional vari­a­tions of lines, strips, or chords that si­mul­ta­ne­ously pro­duce peace and ten­sion as well as depth and sur­face as they are moved about, un­fold­ing and trans­form­ing along the gallery walls. This fluid re­la­tion­ship be­tween the whole and the seg­ment are the crux of Forgó’s so­phis­ti­cated prac­tice. Árpád Forgó has ex­hib­ited in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional venues across four con­ti­nents, among them the Museo della Per­ma­nente, Mi­lan, Italy; Hun Gallery, New York City, New York; X-Power Gallery, Taipei, Tai­wan; the Univer­sity of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii; SNO Gallery, Sydney Aus­tralia; Iletisim Kitabevi Gallery, Is­mir, Turkey; Hun­gar­ian Academy, Rome, Italy; Rómer Flóris Art and His­tory Mu­seum, Györ, Hun­gary; and Mi­lano Gallery, War­saw, Poland. Forgó has been awarded with nu­mer­ous grants and res­i­den­cies, in­clud­ing the Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­ter, John­son, Ver­mont; Third prize in the Leonardo da Vinci Con­tem­po­rary Art Bi­en­nale, Rome, Italy, the Viseg­rad Artist Res­i­dency, War­saw, Poland; the Sydney Non Ob­jec­tive Con­tem­po­rary Art Projects, Sydney, Aus­tralia; the Vis­ual Artist Grant from the Na­tional Cul­tural Fund of Hun­gary; the Artist Grant from Can Ser­rat In­ter­na­tional Art Cen­ter, El Bruc, Spain; the Lade­moen Kun­st­nerverk­st­eder, Trond­heim, Nor­way; the Rómer Flóris Art and His­tory Mu­seum, Györ, Hun­gary;The Golden Foun­da­tion, New Berlin, NY, USA; and most re­cently was cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the Swatch Art Peace Ho­tel’s AIR Pro­gram in Shang­hai, China.

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