Attila Csörgő

Orange Space

Venue: acb Gallery
Date: Feb 27 – Mar 26, 2004

Attila Csörgő (1965) studied at the painting and intermedia departments of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest. He also spent one academic year at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.  In 1994 he got the Derkovits, in 1998 the Smohay scholarships (important scholarships in Hungary).

Already from the beginning of the nineties, Csörgő's carrier has been followed by the Hungarian as well as the international art institutions and curators. His name is also well-known in the international art market. The Galerija Gregor Podnar has represented his works with success at such significant art fairs as the ArtForum in Berlin and the Art Basel.

He has regularly been invited to exhibitions as Germination (1991, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Germany), Jenseits von Kunst (1996, Ludwig Museum, Budapest - Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria) or After the Wall (1999, Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Museum for Contemporary Art - Ludwig Museum, Budapest). Attila  Csörgő represented Hungary at the 8th Istambul Biennial (2003), and with other artists at the 22nd. Sao Paolo Biennial (1994) and in the Hungarian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennial  (1999).

His works can be found in the collections of several Hungarian museums (Museum for Contemporary Art - Ludwig Museum Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, ICA Dunaújváros, the Paks Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art in Pécs, the Museum of Kiscell and in many international art collections.

In March 2004 Csörgő's retrospective solo show, entitled Platonic Love is on view in Kettle's Yard, the gallery of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK).

Attila Csörgő creates kinetic sculptures. The main element of his constructions, designed following simple mathematical and geometrical regularities, is movement or in many cases the combination of movement and a certain action of light. He uses various materials for the works (oil, water, sand, lightbulb, wood, paper, ventilator, electric motor, photographic paper, etc.) but the choice of these media is always subordinate to the physical rules operating the kinetic constructions. His works could be compared to those mathematical and geometrical problems which cannot be worked out without changing the point of view that is without leaving the standard and accepted problem-solving methods.

Csörgő’s new work, Orange Space, exhibited in acb for the first time, is an improved form of his project Semi Space, first exhibited in 2002. The main idea of Semi Space was to record the space surrounding the camera onto the surface of a hemisphere. To obtain this, Csörgő constructed a special camera. The camera of Orange Space makes a step further: it records the space onto the surface of an almost complete sphere. The movement of the camera imitates the vertical and spiral movement of peeling an orange. The photographic paper used for the camera is plain, only when folded like the spiral of an orange peel its surface resembles to the form of a sphere.


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