Zönotéka, Berlin, 2018
Artists: Enikö Márton, Gerard Janssen, Judit Horváth Lóczi
In music, shift represents a movement of the fingers on a string instrument, which changes the level in music. In language, a shift of words in a sentence might change it from a statement to a question. In time, a shift of the dial will affect the seconds of the day. Shift represents movement, each movement produces a new event and provides the basis for the next shift. In a space where there is a continuous movement, nothing remains constant. Therefore, what is it that contributes to the shift?
Forms and shapes construct the physical space. They may be organic and geometric. Organic often links with natural forms or asymmetric shapes with irregular lines. Geometric forms are often named shapes like circle or rectangle, to name a few. In visual art, there are naturalistic and realistic images. When an image is incomprehensible, they are named abstract images. In abstraction, if an image entails a recognisable object, it is an objective image, and a non-objective image is for those unrecognisable objects. Organic or geometric, naturalist or realistic, objective or non-objective, each depends on the other and does not always retain its form. Forms and shapes continuously collide and diffuse whenever they meet in a physical space. Interaction with one another constructs each one of them, forming new ones. How does interaction between forms and shapes correlate with us?
Aren’t we, as humans also a part of and contribute to the constant shift in the physical space? Constructing relationship between objects is intrinsically humanistic as we constantly seek new definitions and interactions; to shift is to search for infinite possibilities. An object changes according to an interaction with an external force. The impact represents the reincarnation of the object itself. Societies exist in a physical space where constant shift between forms and shapes construct the tangibles. Artists investigate and visualise the possibilities that contribute to the construction and offer new definition for the understanding of the physical space.
The group exhibition SHIFT presents the possibilities of the act of shifting forms and shapes in a space, whether on a confined canvas or in the physical space of a gallery. SHIFT is pleased to invite three artists Enikö Márton (HU), Gerard Janssen (NL) and Judith Horváth Lóczi (HU) -all focus on the interaction between organic and geometric forms and shapes- by commissioning new works consisting of paintings, sculptures and installations. The exhibition will also present new collaborative works, accompanied by a dialogue text between the curator and the artists.
Text by Henrietta Y. Xie (HU)