Checks, Knives and Helmets: The Frozen Actions of Balázs Kicsiny

On Art and Aesthetics

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I’ve become a big fan of Hungarian artist Balázs Kicsiny, who is known for his surreal tableaux frequently featuring figures in black and white (wearing suits, aprons, cassocks) and props such as knives, helmets, chains and anchors. The theatrical characters enact complex metaphors—on confusion, navigation, violence and bondage—that could be interpreted at multiple levels—political, economic, existential…

The artist writes: “My works are constructed situations. During the time when my frozen actions are on display in the exhibition space, they are inseparable from the viewer; there is no stage, no cordon. They are at the mercy of the audience. This defencelessness encourages the viewer to be reflective. The beholder can look into the figure’s “face” as if looking into a mirror. Both of them interpret each other, give meaning to each other’s existence. We both the object of the perception and the subject…

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