“The City of Lights”
Solo exhibition 个展
12月14日 至 1月14日
Exhibition: from 14th December to 14th January
Opening: 21th December, from 6 to 9pm.
Pantocrator Gallery presents the solo exhibition of the hungarian artist Bence Bakonyi. Entitled "The City of Lights." Shanghai.
The buildings, streets and pedestrians od Xuhi. For some, it is home.
But for the maker of these photographs, the depicted places belong to a completely unknown world, which he got closer to only through the making of these pictures.
It is wonderful to record a scene because a reified memory never fades.
And by immortalizing a moment, we also take posession of it: it becomes ours. Bence Bakonyi familiarized with Shanghai by recording his experiences, taking posession of more and more locations of the city. The City of Lights series is an account of how the artist found his home in the unknown.
And because home is where one can find himself, the photographs can also be seen as the artist's self-portraits projected onto Shanghai. Bakonyi's artistic mode of expression is characterized by harmonic compisitions, well- ordered spaces, and the moderateness and elegance that stems from the use of delicate pastels.
His works have a slight surreal atmosphere as well, which is also manifest in his Shanghai series.
The photographs are primarily documentative, but the artists's use of light and colour – the portrayal of nightime lights in bright daylight – nonetheless distances them from reality to a certain extent.
In Bence Bakonyi's series we can see the city as it is presented by the photographer, but also the artist who is in turn brought closer to us by Shanghai.
Bence Bakonyi (Budapest-Hungary) Formed in the Moholy - Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, BA, photography (2010-2013).
Member of the Hungarian Association of Young art photographers FFS since 2010. His works have been exhibited in cities such as Budapest, Prague, Kiev, Paris, selected for festival design Fid Costa Rica or solo exhibition in Xuhui Art Museum of China.
The photographic works of Bence Bakonyi represent the symbols of freedom, airiness and transubstantiation.
Below their contemporary and young aesthetics, they provide us with deeper layers of interpretations.
Body and mind – these qualities are entirely intertwined in the unique pictoriality he creates: a human blends into the landscape, the body extends, or we see a deep black mark on the bright white cliff that appears as a gate which attracts its visual pair on the picture: a human figure.
The consequently emerging drama dissolves either in bright spaces or in the soothing aesthetics created by the color lines – making his works easily accessible.
The generous spaces of his photographs and their capacity to connect reality and fantasy turn us away from the problems of everyday life and direct our thoughts toward the much more universal and dignified questions of human existence.
(Misetics Mátyás text).