11 Apr 2018
Polish Institute in Budapest, Latarka Gallery
Reviewed by William Corwin
Incidental revelations emerge from the periphery. A brilliant exhibition, atmospherically placed in the crypt of the Polish Institute, claims an M.O. in 18th-century Catholic architecture, but its goals are higher.
Viewers are greeted by Ervin Bekesi's disembodied church steeple/UFO Another Religion (2017) and Dy Tagowska's oil The Mammoth from Vilanov (2018), depicting a mammoth bone excavated during construction of a church. The artists' radars are clearly set to discern the miraculous in the humdrum.
Works vary in their subtlety. Kamil Moscowczenko's precisely executed elevations explore the level of sacredness conferred on a structure when a cross is incorporated in a design. Lukasz Huculak's faux-marble panel paintings are gem-like meditations on the psychedelic potential of building materials. Individually the works present delightfully suspicious clues of a hidden spirituality. Taken together they present an irrefutable narrative, or at least a decent conspiracy theory.
|Start date||21 Mar 2018|
|End date||19 Apr 2018|
|Presenter||Polish Institute in Budapest link|
|Venue||Latarka Gallery, Nagymező u. 15., Budapest, HUN map|
|Image||Ervin Bekesi, Another Religion, 2017, courtesy of the Polish Institute of Budapest|
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