2023 11 03 - 28.
Cairo Contemporary, Budapest
1071 Budapest, Lövölde tér 7.
The theme of Balázs Veres' installation is the protection of the ecosystem of the seas and oceans. Concrete, most of whose components can be found in nature, is the raw material for many experimental projects aimed at restoring coral reefs. Plants and animals settle on concrete architectures placed in endangered aquatic habitats.
The artificial coral reef built at Cairo is a variant of the means by which negative processes can be moderated, if lucky, reversed. The sculptures appearing in the installation were created in the last three years. Paraphrases of existing engineering artefacts, defining elements of the larger unit surrounding the theme.
Born 1982, Pécs, Hungary. Graduated as a sculptor from University of Pécs, Faculty of Arts. During his university years, he encountered concrete, which is still the main material of his sculpture. Most of his works are made of concrete, but he likes to use other materials and various technologies to create his works.
The main area of research in recent years are the relationship between colour and form, and the exploration of the connection between traditional sculpture and digital creation. His sculptures are both robust and sensual.
He participated in numerous domestic and foreign exhibitions, and his works can be found in several private collections and public spaces. In 2015, he won the 1st prize of the Association of Hungarian Visual and Applied Artists at the 1st National Statuette Quadrennial. In 2016, he was granted the three-year Gyula Derkovits Fellowship, one of the most prestigious art awards in Hungary. His works were presented at the XX. Cerveira Biennale in Portugal (2018) and at the V. London Art Biennale (2021). In 2016, he established the International Monostor Art Symposium, one of Hungary's major non-institutional concrete sculpture workshops. He is a founding member of BUMm, Budakalász Art Studio. He currently lives and works in Budapest.
Curator: Gábor Pintér
Supported by Erzsébetváros Municipality - Cultural District Catalyst Grant
Cooperation partner: Bischitz Johanna Integrated Human Service Centre