The exhibition introduces the recent creative output of Rita Koszorús and Ján Jánoš.
The exhibition Defining the Flow introduces the recent creative output of Rita Koszorús and Ján Jánoš. Their works, so different at first sight, begin a dialogue – one of the definition of a person’s identity, influenced by external factors that the individual is unable to intervene with. In her works, determined by her dual nationality, Rita Koszorús searches for her place in society. Ján Jánoš examines the topic of memories and memory as important factors for our identity. Both artists examine certain places which, at the same time, become symbolic for their works. In Rita Koszorús’ works, the Danube river basin appears as the connection between her Hungarian and Slovak roots. Ján Jánoš’ works were created as a reaction to losing his parents’ house, which becomes a kind of laboratory for exploring his memory and conserving his memories.
Rita Koszorús (born in 1989) graduated from Painting at the VŠVU (Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Bratislava. In the presented cycle Dichotomy, she processes her own ambivalence caused by the fact that she is the member of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia. The artist uses the symbol of the river Danube, close to which she has spent her life, and which represents a real, and also metaphorical, link between the Hungarians and the Slovaks. In spite of concrete and personal motives, the author shifts the whole issue to a much more general level through her abstract artistic gesture. The topic of dual nationality can therefore only be sensed from her paintings – thanks to the colours inspired by the Danubian landscape, and to the ever reoccurring motif of a cut, which creates areas of contrasting or harmonious colour that, however, always make up one indivisible whole.
Ján Jánoš (1988) graduated at the Department of Textile Design at the VŠVU (Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Bratislava. Textile as a material reoccurs in his works in various ways, whether it is in the form of large prints, or as the main component of Jánoš’s videos. In the exhibited series titled The Arch, the artist deals with the necessity to store our memories and with the ways of doing so. He works with objects of everyday use which, thanks to their link with the past, lose their primary function and become a kind of reliquary for one’s personal memories. Jánoš notes these objects down while emphasising the detachment they now have from their original purpose. We can see this, for example, through their atypical presentation in a forest, where the artist’s large format prints are not seen by an audience, or through the unusual connections of a home environment with elements of the journey by train, reminding us of the transience of human memories.