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Balázs Kicsiny: Killing Time, 2012

Inda Galéria installation at Volta NY, 2013

Balázs Kicsiny: Killing Time, 2012

Staged by Inda Galéria, Budapest for the Volta NY, New York

March 8, 2013 through March 11, 2013

 

Balázs Kicsiny: Killing Time, 2012

Staged by Inda Galéria, Budapest for the Volta NY, New York.

March 8–11, 2013

Mixed-media installation, consisting of: four fully dressed, life-size, cast fibreglass figures, with video-camera helmets; a steel-and-plywood motorized spinning disk; a steel-and-glass video table with 2 video monitors.

Balázs Kicsiny’s multimedia installation Killing Time was first exhibited in 2012 at the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis.

The installation has three components: the army, the circus, and the restaurant. Each is designed to serve people: to protect or kill them, to entertain them, or to feed them. The installation scrambles these functions, confusing us as to who is serving whom, for what purpose. In fact, we are trapped among these components.  

“In keeping with the violent intimidations of the title, all potential lead-ins to pastiche or political commentary are dead on arrival, making the exhibition feel like a bizarre netherworld existing beyond the familiar confines of narrative time… Kicsiny radically enacts a ‘frozen performance’—as his work is often describe—during which one can only pause and submit to its cues. It’s a massive game-board poised for war, dinner or broadcast, where pawns forever mourn their manipulation by an off-camera arbiter. “

Jessica Baran, Art in America, May, 2012  

“In Killing Time, history is enacted metaphorically, as its anonymous agents (all-seeing and recording, yet with their own faces hidden from view) engage in activities that are by turns banal, burlesque, and sadistic, if not all three at once. There is a striking tension between motion and stillness apparent in Killing Time, and this quality is a mainstay in Kicsiny’s practice.”

Ivy Cooper, Artforum, April, 2012

Description:

Four life-size figures, costumed as “The Chef,” “The Waitress,” and “The Couple,” stand in an area covered with sand. The Chef and The Waitress are frozen participants in a knife-throwing spectacle. The Chef holds a knife in one hand; in the other hand he aims another knife at the Waitress, whose figure rotates on a circular target.  Both figures film the event via cameras in their helmets. The Couple’s helmet cameras are also filming, but through a funeral veil. Holding knives like the Chef’s, the Couple is seated at a table consisting of two LCD TV screens, which screen the films of The Chef and The Waitress. 

  • Balázs Kicsiny was born in 1958 in Salgótarján, Hungary. He attended the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, graduating from the painting department in 1982. He  receiving his MA degree in 1985, and his DLA degree in 2008. Between 1995 and 2004 he lived and worked in London, where he was a correspondent for several Hungarian art journals. Since 2005 he has been a lecturer in artistic research at the graduate school of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Budapest.

     

    Kicsiny works in various mediums, including site-specific installation, video, painting, and curatorial projects. He has exhibited his work extensively in Hungary and abroad. He had a solo show at the Hungarian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005). He has also shown at the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (2010); the Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (2008); Janos Gat Gallery, New York (2006); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland (2006); the Museum of London (2003); Museum Ludwig / Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest (2002); and Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, UK (2002). In 2010 he participated in the group exhibition The New Arrivals: Eight Contemporary Artists from Hungary at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. His retrospective No News from NowHere will open at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Turku, Finland, in 2014. His work is in the collections of many museums, including the Ludwig Museum / Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest; the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest; Zacheta Modern Art, Szczecin, Poland; the Albertina, Vienna; and the Janus Pannonius Múzeum, Pécs, Hungary—as well as in private collections in Europe and the United States.

     

    He has received grants from such organizations as the Arts Council of England and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary. He received the Munkácsy Hungarian State Art Award in 1992 and the O.H.R. Officer of the Order of the Cross of the Hungarian Republic in 2005.

     

    Kicsiny’s work is the subject of two monographs: Balázs Kicsiny: Experiment in Navigation (2005) and Balázs Kicsiny: Work in Progress (2002). His work has also been published in Modern Hungarian Sculpture (2010), Hungarian Art (2009), The Drawing Book (2005), and Hungarian Art in the Twentieth Century (1999).

     

    Kicsiny has taught and lectured at the Chelsea College of Art, University of Arts London; the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis; Umea University of Arts, Umea, Sweden; and Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland.

     

  • Balázs Kicsiny was born in 1958, in Salgótarján, Hungary. He lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. He is an artist, working with various mediums, including installation, video,  andpaintings. He graduated at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 1982, received his MA diplomat here  in 1985, followed by his doctoral DLA diploma in 2008. Between 2000 and 2004 he was a London correspondent for the Hungarian arts journals Műértő and Balkon. Since 2005 he has been a lecturer in artistic research at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Doctorate School. 

    SELECTED AWARDS and GRANTS

    2012 National Cultural Fund Grant, Hungary; 2010 Freund Visiting Artist Fellowship 2011/2012, Sam Fox School of Design &Arts, Washington University in St. Louis and Kemper Museum, St. Louis, USA; 2005 O.H.R. Officer of the Order of the Cross of the Hungarian Republic; 2002 New Work and Commissions Grant, Art Council of England, Southern Arts Board, U.K.; 2000 Year of the Artist Grant, Art Council of England, Southern Arts Board, U.K.; 1993 Smohay Award, King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; 1992 Munkácsy Hungarian State Art Award

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS (1999-2014)

    2014 No News from NowHere, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova MuseumTurku, Finland; 2013 Anthem, Inda Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; The Checkered Doubt, Rooster Gallery, New York, USA; Killing Time II. Volta Show, Inda Galley’s Booth, New York, USA;  2012 Killing Time, Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA;  Good Luck! (with András Böröcz and Pál Gerber) 2B Gallery,            Budapest, Hungary; 2011  The Art of Self Justification, Bázis Gallery, Cluj/Kolozsvár, Romania; Wandering Interpretation, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; 2010 Temporary Resurrection, Minoritenkirche, Regensburg, Germany, The Misunderstanding, Monoly-Nagy Galerie, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin,Germany; 2009 TOTO or The Witness for the Prosecution, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; Permanent Landing 2, Little Synagogue, Eger, Hungary; The Death of the Decorator, MOM Park Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; 2008 Permanent Landing I, Johanniter Church, Feldkirch, Austria; Where and When? I, Tallin Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, EstoniaWhere and When? II., Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia; Winterreise IV., Hungarian Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Marko Mäetamm and Kicsiny Balázs, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; 2007 An Attempt at Domestication, At Home Gallery Synagogue, Samorin, Slovakia;  Clock Goes Around, Pannonhalma Abbey, Pannonhalma, Hungary; Winterreiser III, Vasarely Museum, Pécs, Hungary; The Clock Maker’s Story, Raiffeisen Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; 2006 Exact Time, Janos Gat Gallery, New York, USA; Seven Sailors, Museum of Contemporary Art, Szceczin, Poland; Interview in the Pump Room, Municipal Picture Gallery / Museum Kiscell, Budapest, Hungary; Winterreise II, Hungarian Cultural Institute, New York, USA; 2005 An Experiment in Navigation, Hungarian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Winter journeys, Millenáris, Kerengő Galéria, Budapest, Hungary; Winterreise, Óbudai Társaskör Galéria, Budapest, Hungary; 2004 Flying Dutchman, Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden, Holland; Waiting for Fire II, Waag, Leiden, Holland; 2003 From the Journal of a Country Priest, Pintér Sonia Gallery (with Karina Horitz), Budapest, Hungary; Waiting for Fire, Museum of London, London, U.K.; 2002 Work in Progress I, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, U.K.; Work in Progress II, Museum Gallery, Pécs, Hungary; Work in Progress III, Museum Ludwig / Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest, Hungary; 2011 The Captain’s Story II, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, U.K.; 12 of the 23, MEO Contemporary Art Collection, Budapest, Hungary; 2000 100 Pictures, Pintér Galéria (with Karina Horitz), Budapest, Hungary; St. Clement’s Day, Saint Clement’s Church, Bournemouth, U.K.; Compass, Beaulieu, Abbey ruin, U.K.; 1999 23 Sailors, Municipal Picture Gallery / Museum Kiscell, Budapest, Hungary


    2013 Shifts. Hungarian Art After 1945. Rearranged permanent exhibition, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; Budapest Immersion, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary;SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2007-2013)

    2012 What is Hungarian? Műcsarnok, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Foreign Matter, Modem, Debrecen, Hungary, 2011 The New Arrivals 8 Contemporary Artists from HungaryPalais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 2009 Messiahs, MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary, Little Hungarian Pornography, MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary, Postproduction - Reflections on the Holocaust, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest, Hungary,  Contemporary Hungarian Video Artists, Janos Gat Gallery, New York, USA, 2008 11 Contemporary Private Collections, Kunsthalle, Budapest  2007 Bartók’s Bugs, 2B Gallery, Budapest, Homesickness, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, 1-2-3 The Collection in Focus, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

     WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

    Ludwig Museum / Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest; Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest; Zacheta Modern Art, Szczecin, Poland; Albertina, Vienna, Austria; King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; Municipal Picture Gallery / Museum Kiscell, Budapest, Hungary; Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs, HungaryElső Magyar Látványtár, Diszel, Hungary; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, Great Britain

    WORKS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    László Gerő Collection, Budapest, Hungary, Alain Servais’s Collection, Brussels, Belgium, Antal-Lusztig Collection, Debrecen, Hungary, Somlói-Spengler Collection, Budapest, Hungary, Silvio Pötchner’s Collection, Vienna, Austria, Michel Bondon’s,  Collection, Rennes, France, Paul Westlake’s Collection, London, Great Britain, Péter Szauer Collection, Budapest, Hungary

    PUBLICATION

    The New Arrivals 8 Contemporary Artists from HungaryPalais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, exhibition catalogue, 2011,  Dauerhafte Landung – Balázs Kicsiny, Johanniter Church, Feldkirch, exhibition catalogue, 2008Balázs Kicsiny – Exact Timeexhibition catalogue, Janos Gat Gallery, New York, U.S.A. 2006 , Balázs Kicsiny - Experiment in Navigation, exhibition catalogue of the 51st  Venice Biennale, Műcsarnok, Budapest, 2005Kicsiny Balázs – Work in Progress, exhibition catalogue, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2002,The Captain‘s Story: an attempt in domestication, an installation by Balázs Kicsiny, exhibition catalogue, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, U.K., 2001Kicsiny Balázs kiállítása, exhibition catalogue, King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, 1995Kicsiny Balázs kiállítása, Stúdió Galéria, exhibition catalogue, Young Artists‘ Studio, 1988

    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Ivy Cooper: Balázs Kicsiny, Art Forum, April 2012, page 217-218; Jessica Baran: Balázs Kicsiny, Art in America, May 2012, page 181; Richard Umwin: The New Arrivals: 8 Contemporary Artists from Hungary, Frieze, April, 2011, page 139-140 ; The Collection, catalogue, Ludwig Museum / Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest, 2010; The Drawing Book, Edited by Tania Kovats, Published by Black Dog 2006; László Krasznahorkai: Drifted Standing, exhibition catalogue of the 51st  Venice Biennale, Műcsarnok, Budapest, 2005; Hungarian Arts Directory, published by Visiting Arts, 1999, U.K.; Hundred Years Hungarian Arts, Published by Corvina, Budapest, 2000 New Acquisitions, catalogue Hungarian National Gallery,Budapest, 1993; Éva Körner: On the Way, catalogue, King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, 1995; Lóránt Hegyi: Neue Identitat in der neuen Situation, In: Die zweite Offentlichkeit.   Kunst in Ungarn im 20. Jahrhundert. Hrsg. Hans Knoll, Dresden, 1999

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Since 2005, lecturer in artistic research at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Doctorate School.  During the past decade, Kicsiny has taught and lectured at the Chelsea College of Art, University of Arts London, U.K.; the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A.; Umea University of Arts, Umea, Sweden; and Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland

    CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION

    Beckett & CompanyA Centenary Conference on Samuel Beckett and the Arts, participation as guest lecturer, Tate Modern, the London ConsortiumBirkbeck and Goldsmiths, University of London2006Művészet, mint kutatás (Art as Research) Conference, participation as guest lecturer, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, 2006Art and Research: HOW? International Conference, participation as guest lecturer, Estonian Academy of Arts, 2008The Art of Research: Research Narratives Symposium, participation as guest lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, 2008Research Narratives 2, Mini Conference, participation as organizer and lecturer, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Doctorate School, Budapest, 2009; Triangle Project Symposium, participation as organizer and lecturer, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Doctorate School, Budapest, 2013; Budapest-London: Exchanging artistic research conference, participation as guest lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design London, 2013

    CURATORIAL PROJECTS

    Csepel Works, a joint exhibition by The Hungarian Fine Art University Doctorate School and the University of the Arts London, CCW Graduate School, as chief curator, Labor, Budapest, 2011; Román György Betegségország vándora, (György Román Wanderer of Sickness-land), as chief curator, Barcsay Terem, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, 2011; Recalculating, a joint exhibition by The Hungarian Fine Art University Doctorate School and the University of the Arts London, CCW Graduate School, as chief curator, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design London, 2013; Reverie, an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society, as co-curator, 2B Gallery, Budapest, 2013  

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    Balázs Kicsiny’s artistic research topic is the representation of time. His doctorate dissertation, entitled The Clock Motif and Eschatology, The Representation of the Measurable and the Immeasurable. The summery of the dissertation could be found in English on the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Doctoral School website: http://doktori.mke.hu/res/thesis_kicsinyb.pdf 

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