© Zsolt Molnár 2017

Zsolt Molnár is a member of the youngest generation of Hungarian graphic artists. After having completed his studies at the Graphics Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2012, he moved away from traditional printmaking techniques and began studying the conceptual possibilities inherent in graphic arts imagery. He abandoned the slow chemical processes of printmaking and began constructing highly complicated works of collage-architecture, which at first were layered pictorial surfaces and which with time grew into three-dimensional installations the structures of which were balanced in space. The wooden and metal structures built around picture fields expanded into objects closely follow and almost simulate in space the actual functions of the depicted objects, tools and agricultural equipment. Associative titles, like Magpie-Trap (2014), Situation-Regulator (2015) and Multi-Row Sprayer (2016), help one decode the objects, which are hard to identify at first glance. In front of and surrounding the collages, the colours of which have been reduced and the forms and sizes of which vary, Molnár often places a white “paper coulisse” cut to shape. These “coulisses” follow the contours of the objects in the collages with minute precision. The objects depicted in this manner seem to float in the sterile space, which lacks any horizon.
The collages, which consisting of various picture planes and paper layers, become part of the installations and thereby enter the space. The groups of works and the series can be categorized according to subject matter. Prototypes of the forms depicted in the picture planes are mostly tools and pieces of equipment used in agriculture. Molnár studied their mechanisms and construction before transforming them into abstract geometric structures.

Mónika Zsikla


C.V.
born in * 1989. Celldömölk, Hungary
Lives and works in Budapest

R E P R E S E N T E D _ B Y
Kisterem Gallery
1053 Budapest, Képíró u. 5.
www.kisterem.hu

S T U D I E S

2008 - 2013
Hungarian University of Fine Arts HUFA, Department of Teacher of Fine Arts, MFA, Budapest, Hungary
2007 - 2012
Hungarian University of Fine Arts HUFA, Department of Graphic Arts, MFA, Budapest, Hungary
2003 - 2007
Secondary School of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Arts, Szombathely, Hungary

M E M B E R S H I P

2012
Studio of Young Artists' Association SYAA | www.studio.c3.hu

S C H O L A R S H I P S

2017
Nomination for Esterházy Art Award 2017
Graphic of the year Art Award 2017
2015 - 2016 - 2017
Derkovits Gyula Fine Art Scholarship | Scholarships of The Ministry of Human Resources | Hungary
2014
Shortlisted for Chimera Art Award 2014
2013
Scholarship of Budapest Gallery | Artist - in - Residence Program, Krems an der Donau, Austria | www.air-krems.at
2011
1st International Biennial of Drawing and Graphic Arts - Grand Prix | Hungary

S O L O _ E X H I B I T I O N S

2018
Art Rotterdam 2018 | Kisterem Gallery | with Ádám Kokesch > February 2018
Kisterem Gallery > February 2018
2017
Agro scenario, Art Gallery Paks, Paks (catalog) | www.paksikeptar.hu
2016
Intermediate preferences (with Tibor w. Horváth and Edit Tangl), Új Írókéz Gallery, Szombathely
Mobil structures, Labor Gallery, Budapest
2015
Inverse (with Márk Fridvalszki and András Zalavári), Kisterem Gallery, Budapest | www.kisterem.hu
2013
Fingerprints (with Kristóf Giczy and Gábor Koós), Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2012
Arcképek és tetemek (with Ádám Dallos), Labor Gallery, Budapest

S E L E C T E D _ G R O U P _ E X H I B I T I O N S

2017
Esterházy Art Award 2017, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Reporting exhibition of the Derkovits fine arts scholarship awardees, M21 Gallery, Pécs
Listing 6 - Selected Works from the Artists of the Gallery, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
Másodlat, Budapest Gallery, Budapest
Derkó 2017 - reporting exhibition of the Derkovits fine arts scholarship awardees, Kunsthalle, Budapest
2016
Reporting exhibition of the Derkovits fine arts scholarship awardees, M21 Gallery, Pécs
Listing 5 - Selected Works from the Artists of the Gallery, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
What Kind of Creature is an Artist? - The 2016 Traditional Annual Exhibition of the SYAA, 115-106 Apartment-gallery, Budapest
Derkó 2016 - reporting exhibition of the Derkovits fine arts scholarship awardees, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Everybody has a dream / everybody has a mistake, Studio Gallery, Budapest
2015
Everybody has a dream / everybody has a mistake - reporting exhibition of Art Colony of Miskolc, Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc
Map of the New Art, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice IT
OFF Biennale, Írókéz Gallery, Szombathely
2014
THE MOST - The SYAA’s Traditional Annual Exhibition, Budapest
1/1/2, FUGA, Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest
Layers, Latarka Gallery, Polish Institute, Budapest
2013
45 th International Artistic Symposium Final Exhibition, Esterházy Palace, Gyor
Arena, Casati Art Corner Gallery, Budapest
28 / 31 - Exhibition of the new members of The Studio of Young Artists, Studio Gallery, Budapest
2012
5th Young Art Show, Piestany SK
FRESH - Empathy/Manipulation, Kogart House, Budapest
Graphic Open 2012, HUFA, Kondor Béla Gallery, Budapest
2011
1 st International Biennial of Drawing and Graphic Arts, Esterházy Palace, Gyor
Eastern European Printmakers Today, Brickbottom Gallery, Boston, MA USA
Akademia Sztuk Pieknyek im Jana Matejki, Krakow, PL

B I B L I O G R A P H Y

Márkus Eszter: Egy strukturalista forgatókönyv, BALKON_online, 11.12.2017.
Sinkó István: Az érzelmes dizájn, Élet és Irodalom, vol. 61, nr 44.
Szilágyi Róza Tekla: A helyzetszabályozó, Artkartell, 10.03.2016.
Inside express, BALKON 2015_11,12
Juhász Anna: Rugalmas merevség, Élet és Irodalom, vol. 59, nr 46.
Overture Hungary, Contemporary Artists from Hungary, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation | TV Interview about Exchange Program BTM, 2013