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Between Joy and Despair
Lola Kovács’s Show at Léna’Roselli Gallery - 2010

The Léna & Roselli Gallery cordially invites You and Your partner to the opening of the exhibition Lola Kovács artist's Joy and Despair to the Léna & Roselli Gallery (10. Galamb St.,1052 Budapest) at 6 p.m. on 30 September, 2010.

Opening remarks by : István Hajdu, editor, artcritical
The exhibition is on view until 19 October, 2010.
Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nature, the universe, human beings, blood, flowers and many other things appear in these pieces as mystical events. Organic forms are given extra life, and dead or artificial things seem to be filled with energy and will.

Transparency –as a picture takes form in thin air. The most recent works focus on this phenomenon with plexi glass as medium. Several layers of plexi glass painted with special paint – transparent and translucent, showing an ever-changing picture as the spectator goes by or behind. Even the oil paintings represent transparency. A cat’s face forming of colour dots. The semi-transparent figure of a woman: Jeanne d’Arc with Saint Catherine and flying plastic bags. Draperies hanging against a monochrome background - no hint at any setting. Just the object in the middle of nowhere.

COME CLOSE Joy and Despair – Lola Kovács’s Exhibition at Léna’Roselli Gallery

Lola Kovács has usually presented a highly personal virtual world that could be shared with other people with no difficulty. One could easily be moved by her compositions of mother and child, for her subtle and intimate ways of expression would impress even the indifferent. The series of magical central-american crystal skulls with stylistic associations to art brut radiated a suggestive energy. Her large size paintings of enchanting and mystical eyes were magnetic. The effects of her recent exhibition titled Joy and Despair are less straightforward. The title is unusually romantic for a contemporary art show. It suggests easy comprehension. Joy and despair are inevitable common experience of all living creatures of the planet. Yet the exhibited pieces do not represent primary, elementary emotional states. They speak of a whole lot of other things that are present in Lola Kovács’s actual artistic world. Details of stories rendered side by side as in a collage refer to all that has assimilated within the artist’s mind. Myths, elements of spiritual tradition, organic forms, moments of culture history fill the cognitive dimensions. Yet this heightened conceptual saturation is constituted into visual forms with the greatest ease. Lola Kovács has always visualized the objects and phenomena of the material world in a light, transparent, easy-flowing way. She creates original lyrical conceptual works. The visionary paintings of Odilon Redon, the sparkling blues and pinks of Klimt’s pictures are recalled filtered through the „reduction and cooling“ prism of minimal art. The irony and morbid humour of conceptualism are also present in these works. Leaves bursting with chlorophyll are watching the world with curious eyes, a shabby antropomorphous moth is dragging itself on the wall unable to fly any more and plastic shopping bags are fluttering in the wind beside Jeanne d’Arc. The installation piece is a huge leaf form colourful pillow lain on the ground, as a resting place for homeless people, with the phrase „President“ applied on it in red tape. A vintage Hungarian saying goes something like: „Eastern ease, western wealth“. Times are changing, today it is rather the hysterical cry of media celebrities „oh, yes!“ that fills the air. Lola Kovács paints this phrase using the letter type Magritte also favoured above a drapery lightly hanging in space. Though our lives between the two poles of existence are full of dramatic situations, there are so many other things, too. That is what human beings are like, one moment getting a glimpse into spiritual spheres, the other wallowing in dirt. Where do we come from and where do we go – it is a question of faith. Let us focus on the thought that Miklós Erdély put this way: „ I have always considered these actions as liberations, in such a way that can depict the opression they had been under before. Together with this outburst something completely new appear which is totally independent from the process within which it had been created, and this is the valuable thing in this whole phenomenon.“

Tünde Bognár, art historian, critique


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1052-Budapest Hungary 

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