A group exhibition of Hungarian ceramic artists Zsófia Karsai and Márta Radics and sculptor István Holló in the University of Tartu Art Museum. The exhibitions „New world” and „Kingdom” present the contemporary trends in Hungarian ceramics and sculpture.
Zsófia Karsai DLA is a ceramic artist awarded with the Ferenczy Prize, member of the International Ceramic Academy (IAC). She graduated in 1991 as a silicate industrial designer in the University of Art and Design Budapest, later also earning a teacher’s diploma on Drawing and Environmental Culture. In 1992 she acquired M.A. degree in design at the Masterschool of the Hungarian University of Crafts and Design. In 2010, she got a DLA degree in MOME (Moholy University of Applied Art).
Zsófia Karsai’s latest works foreground a quiet, pervasive process of building, both internal and external. Instead of simply constructing objects, she multiplies her own creative forces by individually linking the tiny bricks of her inner universe. Her disciplined, meticulous labour results in magnificent objects: a wall that helps one see through it. It is like an infinite stone-paved road which we will not zoom along with a roaring engine, but rather respond to the tacit instructions of the objects and switch to a slower pace. If we allow ourselves to be led, these objects will enable us to slow our racing thoughts and to sense the power of active silence.
Motto of her exhibition: The wall could be the wall of consciousness – a symbol of safety and protection. Or perhaps it's safeguarding from the harmful effects of the outside world. It might also be a barrier between different emotions or perhaps a prison, a banister or an obstacle. We have all been walls and we have also stood on both sides as well. It's up to us where we chose to be.
Sculptor István Holló worked with jewellery design from 1990 until the middle of the 2000’s, his artworks were made of exotic wood and silver. In 1991 he won the artisan scholarsip of the Ministry of Culture, and in the same year he took part in the public competition of the Hungarian National Bank for the design of new coins. After 2015, finishing his previous goldsmith activities, István started to create cast ceramic sculptures and ceramic jewellery later in 2010. His last decades spent with planning and creating jewellery and coins have not passed without a trace. He works with clay and ceramics with the same sensitivity, continuously tensing the physical boundaries of the material. His sculptures are ethereal and characteristic at the same time, keeping the terrestrial power of clay. Since 2011 István creates ceramic sculptures, finding brilliant solutions belying the weight of the material and laws of gravitation.
Ars poetica: „ As soon as my next sculpture plan comes to my mind, I feel an irresistible urge to accomplish it. I feel as something guides me during the creating process, and if I am able to work in complete self-surrender, I feel gratitude for being a mediator as I finish my sculpture.”
Ceramic artist Márta Radics graduated at the Ceramics Faculty of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in Budapest. In the following years, she lived in Sweden with her family where she had the opportunity to work in a workshop in Röback with the "Forma" ceramic group. Later she lived in Austria, where drawing and porcelain design played a significant role in her everyday life. Lately she moved to Hungary, since then teaching in art school. Her teacher degree was acquired at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Hungarian Association of Creative Artists and the Association of Hungarian Fine Arts and Applied Artists.
Through her works she strives to express the duality that determines the attitude of man to life. The question is whether it can be discovered, understand the relationship between soul and substance, and seen the differences in parallel. She believes that in the depths of our consciousness, the first presence is the sacred memory that determines the essence and meaning of our existence. Contrasting with their light forms the dark masses of "monumental stones".
The exhibition “Kingdom” displays attributes of an imaginary kingdom. The blurred fortresses, crowns and gates, show the clouds and waves of water that are riding over the kingdom… The ruins of the ancient world have a profound effect on the artist, and they send humankind through ages by dignified balance. The ruins of the past surround the everyday life, our lives, which radiate perfection in their own inadequacy. The elements in this space have such effect on us, they consciously or subconsciously help us to remember. Remembrance often appears in the form of a mood and feeling. The weather-stricken elements of rocks, castles and columns can start a story that can create a relationship between soul and substance.
The exhibition is organised by Hungarian Institute in Tallinn