Tamás Komoróczky


Venue: acb Attachment
Date: Sep 29 – Nov 10, 2017

Tamás Komoróczky’s exhibition at acb Attachment is the second chapter in his series of four exhibitions. Entitled elé/prê, the first event was on view in May this year at the outdoor venue of ENA Viewing Space. The third chapter of the exhibition cycle is the installation au cours de, which will be realized in the frame of the LL Platform initiative, while the closing chapter of the series will take shape in a one-night show at the artist’s studio.

Each piece of the series has been inspired by the same idea in which a prominent role is given to the influential work by Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness. The soundtrack of the video on display at acb Attachment is also composed of excerpts and fragments from the text of the aforementioned seminal phenomenological essay. The exhibition Appearance, however, is neither some footnote or illustration of a previous work, nor an elaboration, a more precise exposition or mere reiteration of the first exhibition elé/prê. It is an independent unit, a unique environment shaped by the space accommodating it.

In terms of their media, the pictures and objects on display at the exhibition – neon inscription, ceramic prints, and objects positioned as in an archaeological/museum set-up – are quotidian. Although their presence may seem random, they postulate an enigmatic order which transforms them into common elements of some event or manifestation. More direct references, such as the video mentioned above or the name of Hythlodeus, one of the key characters in Thomas More’ Utopia­, inscribed into one of the pseudo-archaeological objects, may serve as pointers. This sense of connection is further emphasized by the numbers placed everywhere like at a crime scene, seemingly offering a recommended route or defined chronological order, but in fact they represent only one of countless permutations.

Tamás Komoróczky (1963) graduated as a painter at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1990, then took a postgraduate course at its Mural Department until 1992. He was a founding member of the Újlak Group. In 2001 he represented Hungary at the 49th Venice Biennale and in 2002 he participated at the São Paolo Biennale. His works can be found in a number of Hungarian private and public collections. He regularly exhibits in Hungary and abroad, most recently at the group exhibition Abstract Hungary of Künstlerhaus Graz.

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