Guided Tour: Szirtes János | Máté Dobokay


We would like to grab the chance and invite you to the next guided tour at the Várfok Gallery, which will take place on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017 at 4 p.m. In the first half of the guided tour, Krisztina Kovács gallery director will discuss the János Szirtes Most recent and former artworks exhibition. The tour will continue at the Várfok Project Room where Vanda Dillmann art historian will guide visitors through the Máté Dobokay: Post Painterly-Abstraction show.

Janos Szirtes (1954, Budapest) studied at art colleges in Bratislava and Budapest. Besides his academic studies he was a member of the era’s unconventional and informal art studios, such as the Indigo-Group. The Group’s interdisciplinary mentality is still evident in Szirtes’ practice today. For the artist, who claims himself to be an “abstract painter and realist performer”, the act of painting is itself a gesture, that is, if not altogether a performance, an action. This approach is almost tangible in his paintings. Within Szirtes’ working process the inspiration, that comes from different genres, is not only revealed through the various media and techniques used, but is also perceivable in his two-dimensional paintings. His painted pictures are imprints of a movement caught in time, artistic actions fixed in pictures.

Máté Dobokay (1988, Pécs/HUN) graduated from the University of Kaposvár, where he studied Photography. In his artistic practice he is trying to push the limits of our ideas about photography, by blurring the boundaries between photography and painting. He treats the medium of photography with such an open mind, which frees him up from the traditional ideas attached to it, and takes it to a more abstract and experimental direction. He creates some of his works without exposure and shooting the camera itself, by simply using the prime materials that are needed to produce a photograph. With this process he is trying to convey his theory, according to which photography is not merely a technological medium, but its qualities are equivalent to a painting, where the light is used as a brush.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 4 p.m.
Venue: Várfok Gallery (1012 Budapest, Várfok street 11.)
Duration: 1 hour

The language of presentation is Hungarian, but all visitors are welcome.

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