Emmanuel Walderdorff Gallery present:
Attila Szücs *Buster Keaton*
Opening: 04.03.2006 15 to 20
The Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie is showing from 4 March 2006 works by Hungarian artist Attila Szücs from the series "Buster Keaton".
Szücs works give a simultaneous feeling of cool detachment and direct emotion. By so doing they join these extremes. His figurative works, which originate from postcards and old photographs, are stamped with excellent workmanship and metaphysical splendour.
Like the unusual comedian himself, Attila Szücs' works trigger a tragic-comic ambience. The paintings have an appearance of movement, of slow movement, light yet at the same time measured, almost surreal. In the way of postcards, they convey memory and aspiration and appear like images from a familiar dream. They show actors in more or less decipherable situations that could make us laugh, but cause instead consternation.
Keaton was born in 1895, the son of American vaudeville comedians. In the 1920s he became an acclaimed author, director, producer and silent movie star. With a motionless, never smiling face he performed sometimes life threatening stunts, provoking screaming laughter from his audience. However, following his rise came his fall. Sound film and alcoholism pushed him to financial and artistic ruin. What remains is the memory of a cheeky and delicate comic avant-gardist whose life describes the parable of glamour and squalor of an artistic career.
Attila Szücs is concerned with coming closer to the subjective and unconscious phenomenon of the loser. His delicate, quiet, masterly painted pictures in melancholic tones address the viewer directly and insistently. They have been reduced to the essence and so carry a weird vividness. At the same time, the pictures give a sense of inherent foreboding. As if a wall of fog might lift and for a moment the unavoidable catastrophe of life reveals itself.
Attila Szücs, born in 1967 lives and works in Budapest.