ARTISTS

GÁBOR A. NAGY *1972 Hajdúböszörmény (H). Lives & works in Berlin

IN AHISTORICAL ROOMS

Gabor A. Nagy - Soft Crash Coming Back
Soft Crash Coming Back, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 140×400cm

The codified world which we inhabit no longer signifies process or becoming. It tells no stories, and inhabiting it does not mean acting. That it has ceased to mean this, is what is known as the crisis of values. For we are still largely programmed by texts - programmed for history, for science, for political programmes, for art. We read the world, for instance logically and mathematically. But the new generation, programmed by techno-images, no longer shares our values. And we don't yet know which meaning the techno-images surrounding us are programming for. Vilém Flusser, 1978

The break with history, as described by Flusser, is radically echoed by Gábor A. Nagy: in his paintings, all historical texts which we are potentially still programmed with are ultimately condemned to be meaningless. Composed of lyrical fragments, these paintings reduce the world to a black monochrome surface, upon which figures appear to float like ciphers - they have become an intangible motive. The paintings' revocation and negation of both image background and figuration results in a general, symbolically charged sense of distance and placelessness, that suggests an ahistorical relationship to the world. The narrative context and relationships appear to loose themselves in this blackened-out environment. Thus Nagy's images, lacking a horizon and perhaps even a space, comment on an uprooted, demystified, and hyper-technological civilisation, whose overall out-of-focus state is almost impossible to represent. Nagy rises to the challenge with comparatively archaic technical means.

Uwe Goldenstein


Gábor A. Nagy - Be Calm, Be Patient, Be Strong
Be Calm, Be Patient, Be Strong, 2013, acrylics on canvas, 100×140cm


Gábor A. Nagy - Love will destroy us in the end
Love Will Destroy Us In The End, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 100×140cm


Gabor A. Nagy - Are You Mine
Are You Mine, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 100×140cm, private collection, Berlin


Gabor A. Nagy - Death Comes So Slow
Death Comes So Slow, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 100×140cm


Gabor A. Nagy - Only A Weekend Away
Only A Weekend Away, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 100×140cm, private collection, Norway


Gábor A. Nagy - Made A Wrong Move, Baby, At The Wrong Time
Gábor A. Nagy - Made A Wrong Move, Baby, At The Wrong Time, 2011, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm


Gabor A. Nagy - The Universe Is Not Your Friend
The Universe Is Not Your Friend, 2012, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm


Gabor A. Nagy - A Million Dollar Answer
A Million Dollar Answer, 2011, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm


Gabor A. Nagy - Choose Life
Choose Life, 2010, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm


Gabor A. Nagy - Endorphin
Endorphin, 2011, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm, private collection, Berlin


Gábor A. Nagy - Absurdity, Come To Me!
Absurdity, Come To Me!, 2011, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm


Gábor A. Nagy - Far Below They Never Know
Far Below They Never Know, 2011, acrylics on canvas, 100×280cm

FAR BELOW THEY NEVER KNOW

Don't mind the people round your head
Who say everything's been said
Don't mind the people round your brain
Who give you nothing more than pain

Far below
They never know
About the things out of their eyes
They will never be surprised
Every thought moves into
A matter of course

Don't mind the gap, it's just a step
Everything that people have left
Is nothing more like
The crumbles on the floor
Look around
You will find the ground
It's not so far from where you are

Far below...

You should hide from the parasites
What they give to you is nothing than a tragedy
So you better sing your melody


Poem by Horst Waigel. In Memory of Nick Drake.