ETHEREAL ESCAPES

Having grown up at an intersection of past industry and mountainous nature, the Budapest-based Ádám Horváth creates works of art that explore fragile, liminal sensibilities. His mystical visual creations carry the romanticist silver thread of returning to an omnipresent nature when technologies relentlessly transform yesterday into tomorrow. Enjoy his “ode to disappointment” today, along with an interview with Ádám and a curatorial text that sheds further light on his brushstrokes.

Ádám Horváth – Sense of Sediment And Ash In My Vessels

Text by: Kristóf Kovács (Gergely Sajnos), Crime Scene Investigator

Just like an archeologist digging up the past, the paintings and sculptures of Ádám Horváth look to rediscover a mystic nature. Pre-romantics are the essence rather than the style or topic of his works, using nature and its elements as metaphors, the works becoming not unlike magical relic holders.

Strictly against taking part in our media-manipulated and technology-oriented society, he instead creates a comforting, idyllic, and mysterious environment that focuses on the transition between living and lifelessness. The works are based on the invisible circulation between the powers that create and those that destroy, which you can feel through small references. This dream-like, sometimes distant world full of myths and symbols is like a protective shield from our present that is mostly formed by technoromantics.

To Reign in The Ruins of Promises

The works are mostly ruled by feelings of isolation and mysticism and basically create an atmosphere for the viewer. They are dominated by topics present generations dealt with either consciously or unconsciously, such as a search for home, or the feeling of not having roots.

Hibernated bones

On the one hand, this dark and magical context complete with organic structures points at a private mythology built on a dystopian, distinctive utopia which constitutes an ode to disappointment, the process of healing and forced solutions. On the other hand, a declaration of love for nature’s wonderful illusions.

The visually clear language of Ádám makes his works stand out from the “primordial soup” (abiogenesis) and takes us to a mystic land full of familiar yet distinctive and unknown elements and motifs.

Moon dancer

INTERVIEW

What is the main storyline in your art pieces, especially the objects? Are there any connections to the philosophies of utopia or dystopia? Also, your drawings seem to portray dreamlike, futuristic mutants, such as animals or fantastic flora and fauna. Where do you come up with the ideas for these visuals?

 

I was born and grew up in Miskolc in Eastern Hungary, at the feet of the Bükk Mountains. Miskolc was an important industrial city in the socialist era, with significant heavy industry, until the regime changed in 1990. The relationship between the industrial urban environment and the surrounding nature strongly shaped my image of the relationship between nature and humans.

View of an open heart from an opened window

Night lurking

Conversation with the Moon

In my works I intend to reflect to our current ecological situation of how we try to control our acts from the past and in the present anthropocene epoch, which connects with dystopia and postapocalyptic visions.

Last day of the Daisy (with warrior mask)

My works serve to heal wounds from the past, like a gauze that can protect and help the healing process through personal mythology and romanticism. They are like a canopic jar of excised flesh from the body.

There were a castle made of tears and leaves

Are you currently preparing any new exhibition or project we can look forward to?

At the moment that I’m sure of, I will be part of a group show in March at Sperling, Munich, and at the beginning of April I’ll do a solo show in Hungary at Gallery Horizont, Budapest. I’m in a very early process to prepare for a solo show later this year in November at WeSpace, Shanghai.

We rest deeply when the fire comes

I wish I could grow chitin

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Bio

Ádám Horváth (b. 1988, Miskolc, HU) lives and works in Budapest, HU. Horváth’s visual language is based on a lyrical private mythology. Through painting and sculpture his work rediscovers the mystical character of ancient and archaeological sites that surround his upbringing in rural Hungary. Creating a mysterious universe of fantasy and enchantment, his work is committed to a deep and timeless romanticism for the natural landscape, one where forces beyond the recognition of science and reason are unearthed and the veiled agency and illusions of our past take hold. 

Horváth attended the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions have included Sense of sediment and ash in my vessels, Horizont Gallery, Budapest HU (2021); Kingdom of Orphans, The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi GEO (2022); and a duo show with Botond Keresztesi, Brother Moon, Sister Sun, Future Gallery, Berlin, DE (2022-2023).

Selected group exhibitions include: Anything Goes Pt3., White & Weiss Gallery, Bratislava SK (2021); DOOM, Horizont Gallery, Budapest HU (2021); Banquet, Organized by Ofluxo and Plague Space, Lisbon, PT (2021); Purpose, PADA Studios, Lisbon, PT (2021); Needle & Balloon, Synagogue – Center of Contemporary Art, Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava SK (2022); Meltdown, Nyolcésfél, Budapest HU (2022).

Credits

Artwork: Ádám Horváth @adm.hrvth

Text: Kristóf Kovács

Interview: Markéta Kosinová

Photo: Dávid Biró, Andrea Rossetti, Sandro Sulaberidze

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