November 17 – December 23, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, November 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
“I respond to the material. It wants me to shape and caress. It's how the material responds to you working with it that creates the object . . .” – Arpad Forgo
Anya Tish Gallery is delighted to announce the second solo exhibition of Budapest-based artist Árpád Forgó, titled Tales From the First Floor. In the tradition of the Hungarian neo avant-garde, Forgó utilizes shaped canvas to create visually alluring, subtle kinetic works while embracing the heritage of European abstraction and developing it further through his own geometric methods, such as reflection, shifting and rotation.
By eradicating any reference to the visual world, Árpád Forgó’s carefully painted shaped canvas structures create an entirely new object that instead references its own form. Each effulgently minimal work is pared down to its basic elements - form, color and line, and created from various species of wood, such as Tasmanian oak, cedar and balsa wood, into a unique spatial construction that retains the material’s inherent integrity and beauty. By utilizing what the artist calls “illusory drift” as a visual tool to prompt a reading of the works, Forgó questions how we look, perceive and reveal the physical aspects of space. Each viscerally proportioned work reveals compositional variations of lines, strips, or chords that simultaneously produce peace and tension as well as depth and surface as they are moved about, unfolding and transforming along the gallery walls. This fluid relationship between the whole and the segment are the crux of Forgó’s sophisticated practice.
Árpád Forgó has exhibited in various international venues across four continents, among them the Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy; Hun Gallery, New York City, New York; X-Power Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii; SNO Gallery, Sydney Australia; Iletisim Kitabevi Gallery, Ismir, Turkey; Hungarian Academy, Rome, Italy; Rómer Flóris Art and History Museum, Györ, Hungary; and Milano Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. Forgó has been awarded with numerous grants and residencies, including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Third prize in the Leonardo da Vinci Contemporary Art Biennale, Rome, Italy, the Visegrad Artist Residency, Warsaw, Poland; the Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia; the Visual Artist Grant from the National Cultural Fund of Hungary; the Artist Grant from Can Serrat International Art Center, El Bruc, Spain; the Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway; the Rómer Flóris Art and History Museum, Györ, Hungary;The Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY, USA; and most recently was chosen to participate in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel’s AIR Program in Shanghai, China.