JOSEPH Tasnádi: Puzzlements
Curator: Dr. Szabolcs Süli-Zakar

Opening on Wednesday, 3 May 2023, at 6:30 p.m.

‘What art is can neither be grasped nor determined—one can only feel it.’ Joseph Tasnádi

Joseph Tasnádi’s exhibition is a review of his post-2010 oeuvre, consisting of installations, interventions, and digital experiments, along with some earlier drawings. His uniquely resonant lyrical installations, as well as the intellectual and sensitively poeticised objects, enter a dialogue with each other and start weaving an associative network of additional meanings.

A version of the exhibition took place in 2022 at the MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary.

Tasnádi’s creative career incorporates an array of artistic disciplines and genres, yet his writings, drawings, digital experiments, installations, and interventions form an extraordinarily coherent and organic whole. They illustrate poetic and artistic aspects of a profound experience. Tasnádi seeks his inspiration, not inside but outside, art. He finds things. Things that spontaneously connect themselves with metacontents, such as hope, memory, death, the impossibility of communication, paradox, place, time, presence, or of their lack.

At the same time, he examines the relationships between technology and art. In recent years, his work has focused on the bonds between man and machine, the relationship of technology, metaphoric perspective, and poetic thinking.

He thematises important questions with hybrid contemporary artistic methods in which (scientific) research, (artistic) elaboration/reflection and the demand for poetic synthesis are deeply inter-connected.

Joseph Tasnádi (b. 1960) is a visual artist living and working in Budapest. He is a professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design. He graduated in architecture and graphic art, and painting. In the 1990s, he created installations and utopian projects. In his works, he analysed the variants of invisible and possible images, of time and abstract concepts, the connections between contradiction and visuality. At the end of the millennium, he embarked on a creative strike that lasted almost ten years. In parallel, he explored the relationship between informatics and art, the immaterial aspects of art while, in the past decade, he turned his attention towards multimedia installations and intervention art. He often works abroad.

Tasnádi focuses on associations and visually generated stories. His installations, interventions and generative digital experiments are visual essays that transcribe themselves into stories, or textual narratives, thanks to which rich, luxurious and vast fields of interpretation and associations of free thinking reveal themselves.