Thursday, 20 February 2020, 18.00
Exhibition by Imi Mora
opened by: N. Mészáros Júlia művészettörténész ∙ art hirtorian
open until: 2020 03 09
Imi Mora (b. 1953) graduated from the Hungarian College of Fine and Applied Arts in Budapest in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in painting and continued his studies in painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1979. He started his career as a restorer and lived and worked in Germany for 20 years. In 2005, he decided to go independent. He settled in Austria and has been living and working there and at Lake Balaton ever since.
Already during his time working as a restorer, he created many autonomous works. He held his first solo exhibition at the Bavarian BBK in 1989 and continued to participate in the exhibitions of the Munich Art Gallery on a yearly basis. He is a member of the Bayerischer Berufsverband bildender Kunst, the Austrian Artists’ Association and MAOE. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Hungary, most recently at OSAS’ Bauhaus 100 exhibition in Vasarely Museum, but in the last decade he has also been appearing in more and more international thematic exhibitions, and he is regularly present at Austrian group exhibitions and at the Vienna Art Fair. He is interested in the process of creation, being present in the work of art and grasping and expressing in a minimalist way the totality of the spiritual-physical-aesthetic space that is the very essence of life.
Imi Mora works with brush, oil paint, charcoal and ink. For him, creation is a ritual in which the work is created through movement and dialogue with the materials. At the end of the process, a live, open space is created that evokes the images of uninterrupted movement, transformation, and change through rhythmic repetition of a selected visual element, creating overlaps of varying density. That is why his pictures have no frame. The artist is intrigued by the complexity of life: translating motion, color, and matter into a synesthetic medley (color, music, dance) and its equivalent, a saturated, mostly harmonic form somewhere between geometric and organic.
His compositions are usually textures made from a single motif – dots, brush strokes – which are the basic element of the painting, the main motif of the composition. He consciously builds the structure pf this paintings, but the form changes freely, and in spite of its volatility, it preserves the illusion of the presence of physical matter and movement. He calls his pictures Feldwork, which means that he expands the limited field of consciousness and sensation to a cosmic scale, and, as the Vienna gallerist Thomas Mark said, turns it into mystical spaces. The exhibition will feature photos, ink and charcoal drawings as well as 20 paintings.