31.05.2012

22.07.2012

Reprezentačné sály - Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

Blažej Baláž – EINEMU

The exhibition project of Blažej Baláž, entitled EINEMU, does not represent a retrospective exhibition literally. Despite it is constructed from the artworks of the last decade the author presents only the fragments of the strategies of his artistic language ...

Exhibition Opening: May 31, 2012 5 p.m.

Duration: May 31, 2012 – July 22, 2012

Place: Nitrianska galéria – The Representative Halls, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

Curator of the Exhibition: Roman Gajdoš

The exhibition project of Blažej Baláž, entitled EINEMU, does not represent a retrospective exhibition literally. Despite it is constructed from the artworks of the last decade the author presents only the fragments of the strategies of his artistic language, including especially the work at the radical conceptual field using the text and this uncovers the levels of language in his post- and neo-conceptual metamorphosis. The text in Baláž’s artworks does not introduce only a reduction of the visual information into an idea but it becomes the medium itself, a message, a code, a grid, passing and catching the separate meaning; this is the key aspect of the author’s work. For this exhibition, as well for the Blažej Baláž’s production in the last decade, two dominant moments are typical and they principally divert his art from the radical line of conceptualism. We could note very strong thinking within images on one side: it accepts the image as a partner and let him to infiltrate into the text level. A signal colouring together with chartable divisions of the image field creates the interpretative key, which Blažej Baláž includes in his text messages. Inside of the nine-graphema words, in theirs structure and composition, the other possibilities of accumulated meanings appear for a reading. Blažej Baláž remarks the entropy of the text at the level of concrete letters, he de- and reconstructs the European languages, and he moves the borders of the work within a linguistic system.

On the other hand, he includes into his artworks also the critical and political character, which is not a specific feature of the West European conceptualism, targeting especially on the research of the definition of art itself. The sharp commentaries on the political situation or the gallery politics appear regarding this aspect: the title of the exhibition represents a reverse reading variation of Július Koller, Blažej Baláž brings a moral of the ostrich sticking its head into the sand. Koller’s Ume Nie is transformed into Baláž’s Ein Emu; two of them bring to us the general statement to the cultural situation of the certain period of time. Blažej Baláž draws the contours of the unpenetrable administrative, institutional and bureaucratic barrier, including the questions of art-centre and periphery, as a progress from his public activities (WART 1 – WART 4) through the theoretical texts onto recent Umenie po poézii (The Art After Poesy).

The other level of thinking we could read in his presented ecological realisations; Blažej Baláž has been documenting the same view from his balcony for seven years and the permanent action MY WAY is finally presented. He does not create just a conceptual documentation of his closest neighbourhood, he shows also the types of his feverish activities – planting, watering, binding, healing; these are presented as separate actions and MY WAY covers all protecting elements, the living barrier against noisy road – an urban communication. We could understand the MY WAY as a synthesis of separate actions, as an ecological change, as a certain balance between the urban structure of city and the nature. This critical and ecological intonation, as a common principle of the Baláž’s ecological works, turn us again to the world of art.

Blažej Baláž, born in 1958 in Nevoľné (Slovakia), lives and works in Trnava, recently had been presented his artworks in the Slovak Institute Berlin (2011), House of Art, Bratislava (2009), Museum of Fine Arts, Žilina (2007), the East-Slovakian Gallery, Košice (2007), Gallery Kabinet, Brno (2006), Gallery of Jan Koniarek, Trnava (2003).

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