GAME OF SNAKES

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artists: Nikolett Balázs, Dániel Bernáth

date: 21th of March – 06th of April 2019. 
opening: 7pm 21th of March 2019.
opening speech by: Dávid Fehér, art historian

Snake may be either the most widespread first generation video game, or the one developed to the most devices. The mechanism is simple: one should acquire and swallow as many apples as possible by maneuvering in the desired direction. With every point scored by every apple, the length of the snake increases, making its movement harder.
The writhing of the snake provides the frames for its progression, the body following the head, it is gradually confined by its own motion.
The system of motives in the game symbolises constant rejuvenation besides strong biblical connotations. As a symbol, the serpent eating its own tail (Ouroboros) signals the eternal cycle, continuous renewal.
The basic mechanism characterising the art of Nikolett Balázs and Dániel Bernáth can be described with this motive (also popular in mainstream culture) in a lyrical, yet simple way.
In their work, the extension and the composition of the picture’s body attains a main role; both the surfaces organically created by irreversible cracks and fissures, and the graceful and freely interpreted illusionistic use of the frame. These processes grant the experience of the composition. Besides the playful and lyrical attitudes of the artists (enclosed in the material), abstraction, building step by step, breaking the straight line, and alignment to or evasion of the frame are all key in the art of them both.
Subversive conduct regarding panel painting and using different material and essential contrasts keeps the medium of painting ‘alive’ for them. Dániel divides and rejoins his newest pictures piece by piece by the breaklines, as a puzzle. Nikolett folds, cuts, twists and turns, eviscerates and glues together.
The goal is for the serpent not to eat its own tail.

photo: Emese Kiss

photo: Emese Kiss

photo: Emese Kiss | Dániel Bernáth

photo: Emese Kiss | Nikolett Balázs 

photo: Emese Kiss | Dániel Bernáth

photo: Emese Kiss | Nikolett Balázs 

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

photo: Géza Talabér

 

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