Kristián Németh’s art used to keep coming back to his critical dialogue with contemporary church, but his current Nitra Gallery exhibition titled Crack deviates from his previously pertracted themes...
Kristián Németh’s art used to keep coming back to his critical dialogue with contemporary church, but his current Nitra Gallery exhibition titled Crack deviates from his previously pertracted themes and frameworks and his messages address more general themes and are open to interpretation. His new installations, like the previous ones, are concise, economical, subtle and disturbing, but they reach beyond the old themes and ideological horizons.
The artist no longer reflects upon the crashing relationship between a specific individual and the institution of the church, but he focuses on the actual fragility as a phenomenon that is present in every relationship. Fragility represents a symbolic quality, a general principle or an assumed and suddenly discovered characteristic of things, people and values.
Németh’s current works can be perceived as fragile memorials and memorials to fragility itself. They are the opposites to actual monuments commemorating historical and political events and personalities that can be seen in the streets or squares in the form of massive bronze masses that often have more fragile foundations than the author’s temporary crystal architecture in the Nitra Gallery.
Kristián Németh (1983) studied at the intermedia studio IN (led by prof. Ilona Németh) at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava between 2008-2014. Since 2016 he has been a PhD student at the Department of Sculpture, Object and Installation led by Martin Piaček. He received the main ESSL Art Award in 2015. He has exhibited in Slovakia and other European countries. He lives in Bratislava.