Black Egg(s)28 May 2008 – 20 June 2008
When Hans Arp wrote his poem Black Eggs, the concept of irony, humor, grotesque and surrealism had a significantly different meaning than today. Since that time, the postmodern movies and literature have towered above the imagination of the early 20th century artists.
The Inda Gallery exhibits the works of the artists who, by rejecting rationality, venture into the territory of vision, dream and unreality, and whose main themes are absurdity and deviation from the norms. But what is the difference between the early ideas and the surreal (beyond reality, sur=beyond) defined by André Breton in the Surrealist Manifesto of 1924: „Thought dictated in the absence of all control exerted by reason, and outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of association heretofore neglected, in the omnipotence of the dream, and in the disinterested play of thought. It leads to the permanent destruction of all other psychic mechanisms and to its substitution for them in the solution of the principal problems of life.”
The exhibiting contemporary artists, although they may not work in the name of Breton's psychic automation, they all overstep the borderlines of rational logic, none of them abandons the elements of the presentable reality, but have such associations of ideas that go beyond reality and create a bizarre, fantastic, astonishing and unique world. The artists use different techniques, thus, their works, from the panel pictures to the video installations, present an exciting medial mix in the spaces of the gallery.
Brigitta Muladi art historian, curator of the exhibitionBACK