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Untitled 02 (Substratum)

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Reference

7870ca58

Year

2017

Medium

Paintings

Size

100 x 150 x 2.5 cm
39.37 x 59 x 0.98 in

Price

5000,00 €

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  • About the work

Wax crayon on canvas.

Zsolt Berszán treats the first layer of the drawing as a substrate, as a surface on which something is deposited or inscribed. In this way the multiple layers of silicone or adhesive forms structures which remind us of the integrated circuits or human internal organs. There is a feeling of fluidity almost imperceptible in his works. Organic forms arise from the accumulation of layers and substrates that send to the primordial boom in which the violence of separation has given birth to matter and existence. It is the moment when the conscious and the unconscious have not yet begun, the moment when the human and animal ideas have not yet arisen, where "me" and "the other" are not yet separated. (Julia Kristeva, The Power of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, New York: Columbia University Press, 1982) It is a disruption of the system, order, a violation of the limits that draws attention to the "fragility of life". The confrontation with the materiality of Berszán's works goes to the idea of the beginning of life, but also to the end, to death. The organic nature of the used materials transmits a sense of strangeness, a mystery exploring the primordial boom, the moment of awareness of the real existence and the rejection of death. It is the fight of the individual against his own dissolution.

Gerda Széplaky, Berszán. Genesis - Project, edited by MODEM - Center for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary, 2010


About the Artist

1974 Targu Mures, Romania

Zsolt Berszán was born in 1974 in Târgu Mures, Romania. He graduated from the Cluj-Napoca University of Art and Design, Romania. 

Zsolt Berszán is concerned in the framework of his artistic projects for the development of large installation appealing from the intrusion of science and technology. Black silicon becomes a leitmotif of his work. It is known that modern science sees the life system silicon-based an alternative of the life system based on carbon. Silicium is the second element of the Earth’s crust after oxygen, which is less reactive than carbon. Silicium is a constituent of silicon. Silicone is a mixed polymer organic – inorganic that has in its composition, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Using black silicone reminds the “black” problematic from the modern and contemporary art history – Malevich, Richter, Rauschenberg and Rothko.

Berszán depicts in his works the primary turmoil where the violence of the unbinding has created the substance and existence. It is the moment when conscious and unconscious doesn't exist, when the ideas of human and animal haven’t appeared yet, where, “I” and the “other” are not yet separated. Berszán tries to bring forward the moment of the brutal unbinding between “I” and the “others”, “abjection” being in Kristeva’s perception a “precondition of narcissism”. It is about a disturbance of the system, of order, a violation of limits that draws attention to “fragility of life”. The confrontation with the materiality of Berszán’s works refers to the idea of beginning, but at the same time end, death. The organic structure of the materials radiates a sensation of the oddity, mystery exploring the struggle of the primary scene, the moment when appears the awareness of real existence and rejection of death. It is the struggle of the individual against his own dissolution.

Works in private collections from Austria, Hungary, Germany, Romania.

Zsolt Berszán is represented by Anaid Art Gallery since 2010.


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