Kunsthalle Bratislava

Namestie Slovenskeho Narodneho Povstania 12
812 34 Bratislava

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Baláž’s solo exhibition presents the artworks created in last three years and the author brings the new possibilities at the field of post-conceptual and neo-conceptual text. The exhibition is divided in three segments, all of them are connected by the specific and authentic search of the possibilities in the conceptual Macaronic language.

The first is created from the neo-conceptual horizontal/vertical texts, a part of Treptomachia, previously exhibited on the solo exhibition in Košice and Žilina, WARTEZEIT, 2006, WARTERAUM, 2006, and How to domesticate the English language, 2006. The internal orientation of artworks, the search of art itself, the search of language and text brings the cracking of syntactic/semantic wholeness of graphems. The metatexts of inicial prototext are distinguished by the colors [oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm].

Another, the second segment, black and white acryl-paintings enriches the former one, the artworks are created on principle of the structuralist analysis of text. It is a variant, which is called and named by author and curator the intext. By the segmentation of text the author discovers several lexis. These have a different lexical origin, five West-European, five East-European, and „dead“ language of Medieval Esperanto – Latin. Despite the cold artificiality of works, this segment has also the hidden sociocritical context, which is oscillated between phenomenons West and East, art and politics.

The third segment is the most open and subjective. These horizontal texts are named by its author as the simultaneous texts. It is a different alternative in the post-conceptual Makaronian text, the melange is created by harmony of the initial and derivative text. Its ironical and attacking character replaces a cold aspect of the first two segments. Vajanský’s Suchá ratolesť (an ironical parallel of failing elits) is floundered by streams, the subject is named by the author as east rat in the age of 20-years of wandering a la democrazy, with a more complicated ambivalent reading. The fragility of ground – paper [four artworks, width 10 m] raises the openness of statement, ODRBMADEMOKRATICKY, 2008 [screw me over democratically], is predominative.

Blažej Baláž, born in 1958 in Nevoľné (Slovakia), lives and works in Trnava, recently had been presented his artworks in the Museum of Fine Arts, Žilina (2007), the East-Slovakian Gallery, Košice (2007), Gallery Kabinet, Brno (2006), Gallery of J. Koniarek, Trnava (2003).

Exhibition opening: May, 13 2009 Duration of exhibition: May, 13 – June, 8 2009 Place of exhibition: House of Art (Dom umenia) Nám. SNP 12, Bratislava, Slovakia Curator: Roman Gajdoš

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Blazej Balaz
Kurator: Roman Gajdos