14.10 – 23.10.2016
There are many lines to be drawn between hungarian artist Árpád Forgó and norwegian artist Edith Lundebrekke. Perhaps the strongest connection is a display a confident experimentation with space, geometrical shapes and colour that situates them within a firm abstract tradition. Both Forgó and Lundebrekke aim to challenge our physiological experience of these visual elements and how we perceive them. The exhibition Colour Kitchen presents several new works separately produced by the two artist but in the context of each others company.
Through a polished and minimal language Árpád Forgó present works that can be described as something in between sculpture and painting. His subtly kinetic relief-paintings experiments with concepts inherited by the Hungarian Neo-Avant Garde. Through modification, shifting and rotation the painted canvas is stretched out to a three dimensional play with spatial borders. In his exhibition at Babel Forgó is presenting several new wood based works created during his artist residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder.
In Edith Lundebrekkes works the experience of colour and shapes changes according to the spectators viewpoint. Amongst her signature works we find large wooden reliefs made out of painted slats. In her later work she has been experimenting with colour theory where painted modules is perceived differently in accordance to the given amount of light. Through repetition and new combinations of simple geometric shapes, she examines systems as the basis for image making.
Árpád Forgó is living and working in Budapest, Hungary. He has exhibited in many international venues across four continents, among them the Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, USA; SNO Gallery, Sydney, Australia; and has been awarded with several grants and residencies, including the Visegrad Artist Residency, Warsaw, Poland; the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; and most recently a residency at The Golden Foundation, New Berlin, New York.
Edith Lundebrekke is based in Trondheim, Norway. She graduated in 1992 from the National College of Arts and Crafts in Oslo, Norway, with a degree from the Faculty of Textiles. She has had several public commissions for schools, hospitals, airports and embassies. In 2015 she completed commissions for Stjørdal Church, Trondheim fire station and Arendal Police station, and also represented Norway at the arts fair in Milan. She has had several solo exhibitions, and recently presented Colour Space at Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim (spring 2016).