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Sevan Szekely


Pressemeddelelse
København d.22/7-2011

Once upon a time… - Sevan Szekely. Ru

Fernisering: 11 august kl. 17-20
11 aug. – 3 sep. 2011


Vi kender alle sammen følelsen af at genkende et ansigt på gaden, men uden at kunne placere det i vores bevidsthed. Netop denne følelse ligger til grund for Udstillingen ”Once upon a time…” Kunstneren Sevan Szekely genfinder og fortolker en glemt historie, et glemt liv og en glemt sindstilstand.

Idéen opstod for flere år tilbage på grund af en tilbagevendende drøm. Drømmen handlede om en mand der haltede ned af en beskidt gade bærende på en stroptaske. Pludselig falder manden til jorden, men inden hans krop rammer jorden er den væk og kun tasken er tilbage. I tasken ligger en masse iturevne fotografier fra krigens tid. Disse billeder er alt der er tilbage af den ukendte mands liv. Ved en cykeltur i København, passerede Sevan en byggeplads hvor han så en plasticpose ligge gemt bag en container. Noget drog ham imod posen og han måtte se hvad den indeholdt. I posen lå en stak sort/hvide fotografier der var revet itu og alle billederne stammede fra krigen. Drømmen var blevet til virkelighed.

Ved at samle stykkerne på en ny måde skaber Sevan en anderledes realitet udelukkende af brudstykker. Historien bliver sammensat til en ny virkelighed med mulighed for nyfortolkning. Kontrasten bliver pludselig vigtig. Den poserende person med det stivnede smil befinder sig nu side om side med krigens aggressivitet. Den oprindelige historie omskrives og ukendte glemte personer sættes ind i en ny kontekst. Ved omformuleringen har personerne mere eller mindre fået udvisket deres øjne… eller udvisket deres historie; i stedet synes man at finde noget genkendeligt fra ens egen livshistorie og men nu sat sammen med krigselementer og dermed synliggøres menneskets voldsomme eksistensvilkår.

Dette følelsesmiks af melankoli, aggressivitet og for længst udlevede menneskeliv understreges af det bevidste valg af gråtoner og fastholder udtrykket fra fortiden. Kombineret med hurtige dynamiske strøg bliver værkernes udtryk meget intensive og fastholder os i et jerngreb.

Publikum præsenteres med denne udstilling for en kunstner der mestrer maleriets teknik, og til fulde får formidlet sit budskab. Sevan Szekely har for nylig afsluttet akademiet og viser med denne debutudstilling et stort kunstnerisk potentiale i rivende udvikling .

ENGLISH VERSION:

We all know the feeling of recognising a face in the street, but without being able to place it in our consciousness. Exactly this feeling, is the foundation of the exhibit “ONCE UPON A TIME”… The artist Sevan Szekely reinvents and reinterprets a forgotten history, a forgotten life and a forgotten mindset.

The idea was born several years ago, in a reoccurring dream. The dream was about a man limping down a filthy street, carrying a satchel bag. Suddenly the man falls to the ground, but before his body hits the ground it disappears, and only the satchel remains. In the bag is a pile of torn photography’s from a time of war. These pictures are all that remain of the unknown mans life.

At a recent bicycle trip around Copenhagen Sevan passed a construction site where he saw a plastic bag hidden behind a dumpster. Something drew him towards the bag, - he had to see what it contained. In the plastic bag was a pile of black/white photos there had been torn to pieces, all the photos where from a war – The dream had come true.

By reassembling the pictures in a new way, Sevan creates an alternate reality from the fragments. The story is put together becoming a new reality with the opportunity to reinterpret. The contrast is suddenly important. The person posing with the frozen smile, all of a sudden finds himself in the midst of the aggression of war.
The original story is rewritten and unknown and forgotten people, are instantly put in a new context. Through the reconstruction, the persons have had their eyes blurred to some extent… or maybe it is their life story and memory that has become blurred?? Instead we seem to find something recognisable from our own life story. Now linked with elements of war, the humans need for existentiality becomes very obvious.

This mix of melancholy, aggression and lives that has been lived a long time ago, is amplified by the conscious choice of grey scale, and hereby maintaining the expression from the past. Combined with quick dynamic strokes, the paintings expressions are very intensive, and hereby demands our full attention.

Through this exhibition the audience is presented to an artist that masters the skill of painting. Through this ability Sevan gets his message out. Sevan Szekely has recently finished the art academy, and with this debut exhibition we are presented to an artist with a great potential and a riveting development!!.


Birthdate and place: October 31st, 1988, Nasaud, Romania

Web: www.pleinair.carbonmade.com
www.behance.net/sevanszekely

Education:
2007-2010: National University of Arts, Bucharest, Painting Department
2008-2009- Erasmus scholarship at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Facultad de Bellas Artes
2003-2007- “Romul Ladea” Fine Arts High school, Cluj Napoca


Exhibitions:
2011:
solo exhibition at Bredgade Kunsthandel Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
solo exhibition at the Moonfisher, Christiania
Group exhibition at Galloperiet, Christiania
2010:
solo exhibition: “Al Aventon”, National Order of Architects, Bucharest, Romania
group exhibition “Atelier in Tranzitie III”, Apollo gallery, Bucharest
group exhibition: “The Yellow Line”, Europe Gallery, Brasov, Romania
group exhibiton at the Artis Gallery, Bucharest, organized by Gold Art Gallery
2009: group exhibition: “Classical vs. Contemporary”, Romanian Athenee, Bucharest
“Dos chicas y una copa”, Valencia, Spain
2006: group exhibition “Traces”, organized by the Duppini Art Group, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
group exhibition at the National Art Museum, Cluj Napoca organized by TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival)
2005: group exhibition “Peace of Art”, at Tranzit House, Cluj Napoca
Workshops, symposiums, projects:
2009, 2008- Mosaic symposium, Harman, Brasov
2007- Sovata, organized by Madisz, Targu Mures
2006- International Art Symposium “Traces”, organized by the Duppini Art Group, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
2005-“ Wanderer_16”, a 40 day artistic journey from Romania until the Atlantic, followed by the “Peace of Art” exhibition.





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Sevan Szekely: The bear game. akryl på lærred. 90 x 120 cm. Reg.nr.31096
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Sevan Szekely: Reconstruction. akryl på lærred. 100 x 120 cm. Reg.nr.31097
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Sevan Szekely: The evil dad. akryl på lærred. 120 x 150 cm. Reg.nr.31098
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Sevan Szekely: Yellow submarine. akryl på lærred. 160 x 90 cm. Reg.nr.31099
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Sevan Szekely: Never young. akryl på lærred. 20 x 40 cm. Reg.nr.31100
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Sevan Szekely: mirando a los muchachos. akryl på lærred. 90 x 90 cm. Reg.nr.31087
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Sevan Szekely: Eva. akryl på lærred. 79 x 60 cm. Reg.nr.31086
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Sevan Szekely: men II. akryl på lærred. 60 x 50 cm. Reg.nr.31085
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Sevan Szekely: men I. akryl på lærred. 40 x 50 cm. Reg.nr.31084
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