Image: Activating Stages (Dóra Benyó)
Dóra Benyó and Mária-Krisztina Nagy
WHEN BREAD FALLS ON THE BUTTERED SIDE
What are the unwritten rules in human behaviour and how do they become visible in relation with other people and different environments? Dóra Benyó (1989, Budapest, Hungary) stages natural occurring actions in constructed context in order for new elements to become visible and to experience the power of repetition. Being loosely and playfully instructed, the performers become the interpreters of themselves. Dóra Benyó searches for the border between directing and improvisation, movement and frozen imagery. Her work shows a picture of the human as a moving subject materialized in a physical dialogue.
In her videos she creates “triangle-situations”. What is the relation between an object (the external outside the image, whether is a sound, an image or a thought), the subject (the performers) and the camera (what the spectator sees)? For the exhibition in Sagacity she brings this triangle into play. The video installation shows a directed happening where the spectator becomes the performer. Music, sound and the built stage are elements which will guide their transformation.
Mária-Krisztina Nagy’s (1990, Brasov, Romania) work consists predominantly of a combination of oil painting, pastel drawing and self-generated collage material. Her artistic approach is a form of biography circumscribed within the framework of post-events. Ruins and subverted architectural forms become the interior setting of a fantasy world.
“A few years ago, I began walking through the abandoned landscape left to us by the communist industrial utopia. I noticed people smuggling out the last remains that could be useful in providing daily survival. As days passed by, these architectural residues seemed like the decomposing body of one of the greatest lies.
My legs moved independently between the grids of archaeological leftovers as my imagination travelled backwards. Young pioneers sang and recited poems of homage and great achievements on the beats of an empty belly. The walk of heeled shoes stepping assertively on nationalised corridors echoed like proletarian imperatives. Knock! Knock! Knock!
The sun set slowly on the horizon of socialist blocks and new capitalist non-spaces. Suddenly, I started to immortalise the twilight of hope through my mechanical eye. The zone bathed in the glittering plastic secreted by the glands of consumerism. God was dying and dissolving into a sea of algorithms. Then I saw her. The one-faced idea, who was seeking a path through the fallen debris of recycled certainties. She invited me to put a foot into the playground, saying magic was still possible. “
For this exhibition Dóra Benyó and Mária-Krisztina Nagy are investigating the perpetual notion of chance and the wide range of consequential possibilities. The title When Bread Falls on the Buttered Side evokes the external and forceful factors that lead to uncontrollable situations. Therefore, the two artists are exploring human powerlessness and their various capacity of adaptation to the unforeseeable.
Oil on canvas, 73 x 98 cm
Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 cm
Oil on canvas, 125 x 70 cm
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Performence for Activating Stages by Dóra Benyó
Pastel on cardboard, 68 x 107 cm
A Possible Answer
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
Activating Stages - Cone
Concrete, 28 x28 x 51 cm
Fade in, Fade out (detail)
Digital print on wood, epoxy, acryl, 74 x 99 cm
Oil on MDF panel, 47.2 x 65.3 cm
Oil on MDF panel, 47.7x59.5 cm
Performance by Nicolas Jorio