Erik Mátrai’s latest work entitled xyz is a full-room light installation that is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition organised at acb Gallery. The architecture created in Mátrai’s light installations – constructed from beams of light rendered “material” by fog – challenges the viewer’s perception, while also seeking to connect sensuous experience with spiritual/meditative mental states through the use of complex and universal symbols. xyz’s most immediate antecedent was the installation entitled Moving Wall, presented in 2019 at Bazis Contemporary in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, and then, in 2020, at the MMM exhibition held in aqb Budapest. Mátrai’s new installation continues and expands an exploration of the problematic of space and spatial perception, while, in borrowing its title from the three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, it refers back to the mathematical modelling of spatial relations.
Igor and Ivan Buharov: Everything Included
2014.09.12 - 10.22.
Igor and Ivan Buharov
acb Gallery, 12 September - 22 October 2014
Igor and Ivan Buharov present their first solo exhibition at the acb Gallery. The artist duo have been creating experimental artwork in the frontiers between visual art and film since 1995. Their surreal short films, with their unique atmosphere and grotesque visual world, convey today’s Eastern European reality mixed with philosophical and transcendent ideals, as well as necro-realistic humour. Their short and feature films – shot with analogue filmmaking technique and, mostly, amateur actors – have been shown at numerous international film festivals and exhibitions, including the Manifesta 8 biennial.
Their exhibition entitled Everything Included, has been inspired by necro-realism, crypto-anarchism and the idealism of McKenzie Wark’s A Hacker Manifesto, among others. In the featured multi-media installation, motion picture once again has a central role. Objects are placed next to the fragment-like short films, which are presented in the exhibition space in a diverse manner: some are shown on monitors, while others are projected on the wall, or on displayed objects. In this exhibition, which has been put together in an assemblage-like fashion from multi-channel motion pictures and the environments created around them, the medial limits of film are expanded through the tools of visual arts.