Oto Hudec in his paintings, drawings, graphics, videos and ephemeral installations in public space works with socially and environmentally engaged issues such as immigration, life of people in the Third World countries ...
Artist: Oto Hudec
Curator: Omar Mirza
Exhibition opening: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5 p.m.
After the opening we invite you to the afterpARTy, an informal discussion with the author and the curator.
Duration: 14. 9. – 21. 10. 2012
Venue: Youth Gallery – Nitra gallery, Župné námestie 3, 949 01 Nitra
More information: www.nitrianskagaleria.sk
Oto Hudec in his paintings, drawings, graphics, videos and ephemeral installations in public space works with socially and environmentally engaged issues such as immigration, life of people in the Third World countries, and the impact of globalization on the environment.
Main themes of the exhibition Corn Song include the search for positive and negative energy contained in the food we eat, the past and the present of rural America and our relationship to the Earth which sustains us.
The central work of the exhibition is the project Corn Song, composed of a video projection, in which the author according to the northern American indigenous people’s tradition plays an impromptu concert for a field of genetically modified maize in the U.S. Corn Belt region, which is the largest producer of corn in the world. American Indians believed that the corn will grow better when they sing to it. The installation includes a set of corn headphones, samples of transgenic maize kernels compared to a traditional Hopi corn cob and a mural with an authentic statement about the songs of the American Indians. The work dealing with the origin of food and the processes by which we convert nature into an inhumane artificial food factory is accompanied by a documentary film about the author’s visit to corn farms in the town of Oregon, Illinois.
The work Blues Aloud, which deals with the history, countryside and musical tradition of the United States of America, consists of a homemade slide guitar, a simple musical instrument of the Afro-Americans used to accompany blues songs about their difficult lives as plantation workers. The instrument, which can be tried out by the visitors, is set in a wooden frame that resembles a megaphone – a symbol for the amplification of an individual voice appealing to a wider group of people.
The American way of life and its impact on the environment is the subject of the eco-activist project Plant a Tree in Your Truck. The author placed posters with Japanese maple seeds and planting instructions under the windshield wipers of typical American pickup trucks, appealing to their owners to plant a tree in the rear cargo area and thus contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The project is presented by a model truck with a living tree, poster, documentary video and photographs.
Oto Hudec was born in 1981 in Košice, Slovakia. He graduated in 2007 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He lived in the United States and Portugal, where he created his latest works. He is a member of the creative team Make Art with Purpose (MAP), an international platform for arts initiating social change. In 2008, he co-organized AdA festival in action, an international street festival of performative arts in Porto (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain). This year, he is one of the four finalists of the Oskár Čepan Award. Besides Slovakia, he exhibited and worked in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, England, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Brazil and USA. He currently lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.
You can learn more about the works of Oto Hudec on www.fishisflying.blogspot.com