András Braun

Cronos & Co.

Venue: acb Gallery
Date: Oct 26 – Dec 01, 2007

Andras Braun's art shows extraordinary coherence of personal style. Braun paints abstract surfaces, each of which is structured by a pattern. The pattern (squares, a spiral, concentric circles) forms one or more rasters which are made up of negative and positive, red and yellow spots. These regular systems cover or reveal one another. In some of his works, Braun

applies paper cuts. Watching Brauns paintings is a particularly intense visual experience: while the eyes scanning the surface wander among the different systems, the layers of the raster seem to move, their order seems to alter, the entire surface gives the impression of movement. Thus the basic characteristic of the pictures is dynamism.

The acb contemporary art gallery represents András Braun since 2003. The works he exhibited here with the title Verso in 2003  represented the reverse of well-known paintings (e.g. Jasper John's Target). Braun showed the wooden frame, the stays of the frame, and the raster of the canvas.  In 2004, the exhibition entitled HU.GO presented further variations of this. The 2005 show, Follow Me was based on the works of these previous years. In time concepts became less important as the role of the play with colors and geometrical structures increased. The result of this process was displayed by an exhibition called Self Starter in 2006. The present exhibition proves that he is following the same tendency, but the technique has somewhat changed as András Braun is inserting paper-cuts in the painted rasters in many of his latest works, which increases the visual experience.

The works of András Braun can be found in the collection of the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest, Hungary), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaújváros (Hungary), the Gallery of Szombathely (Hungary), the Irokéz Collection, and several private collections in Hungary and abroad. In 1995 he was awarded the prize of the Ludwig Foundation and in 1999 with that of the Hungarian Asphalt Company.

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