Levente Herman: Transylmania October 14, 2010 - November 13, 2010
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Levente Herman born in Marosvásárhely (RO) has been living in Hungary since 15 years. Also, as a founder member of Élesd Art Workshop - gaining more and more acknowledgement within the Hungarian contemporary art scene nowadays - Herman returns often to his homeland. These journeys, experiences, the resurgeing memories are always an inspiration for his art, as show the works of his new series entitled Crossing, presented from October 14th in Várfok Gallery’s Várfok Hall.
Most of the pictures of Crossing show different places of Marosvásárhely: they are to unfold as scenes of Herman’s childhood. Abandoned industry areas, cement blocks, muddy canals. No one can be seen on the pictures: this assigns the impression that the pictures are frozen, as if nobody had walk in these places since Herman’s childhood. However the sensation of rigidity is dissolved by surrealistic elements such as flying cement blocks or illusionistic lines. Thanks to these elements the landscapes seem to be dreamlike, as if these places would be ruled by the fantasy or the imagination of a child who’s no else than the child living inside the artist.
So, on Herman’s pictures it is the figure-free landscape which becomes the main character: and here, analysing its rusty imprints, wide veined cobblestones or deep puddles we see Herman searching for signs documenting the passing time. Sometimes the horizon line drives our look far away where we can discover weightless buildings inside the foggy area, but sometimes the artist chooses to show irreal, imponderous pavement pebbles floating in the air. Even if human beings are missing from the pictures, we feel their presence through the destructive signs of their activities such as mouldering buildings, rusk that covers and etches everything. This impression makes these landscapes similar to the baroque vanitas still lifes which refer to the inevitable end of humankind by different symbols, without presenting a factual portrait of it.
However in Herman’s world not everything is lost, revitalisation is also possible. What we need only is the pure fantasy of a child who is capable of rising over the real world and rewriting its rational rules. Nevertheless the question stays: is this a real solution or is it just an illusive play of the imagination.
And as we have come to the term crossing it is to be mentioned that Várfok Gallery is also about to experience a special crossing... In the year of its 20th anniversary Várfok Gallery goes through a big change. While until now it was functionning in two exhibition halls – Várfok and XO Halls – both situated in Várfok street, soon these two places will unite in one big hall (under number 11). This way Várfok Hall – symbolising the origins - is crossing Várfok Str to unite with XO Hall standing for the present and the future of Várfok Gallery.
Therefore Herman’s exhibition presenting the series Crossing can be considered as Várfok Gallery’s last exhibition in Várfok Hall whereto Várfok Gallery’s subsidiary exhibition room, the Spiritusz Gallery will soon move.

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