Emerging artist Botond Keresztesi @ Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen



Pictures by Simon Trel

The Kunstfort is ex­cited to in­tro­duce the first Dutch ex­hi­bi­tion of Hun­gary based Botond Keresztesi (Ro­mania, 1987). Botond Keresztesi – H.B.O. (Hub­bard’s Best Of), which will be on show in the con­crete fortress, is equally fu­tur­istic as sur­re­al­istic. The emerging artist, a pro­lific painter, com­bines his newest works with site-spe­cific ob­jects cre­ated during his res­i­dency at the Kunstfort. Em­ploying vi­sual lan­guages from in­ternet cul­ture, on­line gaming and in­te­rior de­sign, Keresztesi merges his aca­d­emic back­ground – both in painterly ges­ture and art his­tor­ical ref­er­ences – with a quirky fas­ci­na­tion for (dig­ital) coun­ter­cul­tures and con­tem­po­rary leisure prod­ucts. Es­capism is the cen­tral thread in his work: al­beit in dreamy spec­ta­cles, vir­tual re­al­i­ties, or alien­ating fashion.

Pre­vious shows in­clude D.D.R. (Dig­ital Dreams Record­ings) at Fu­ture Gallery in Berlin (2018), F.P.S. (Fu­ture Past Sat­urday) at ENA viewing space, Bu­dapest (2017), Fear in Ely­sium at Dis­play, Banska Sti­avnica (2017), Teen­scape at Schloss, Oslo (2017) and N.S.A. (Na­tional Sun As­so­ci­a­tion) at Hor­i­zont Galéria, Bu­dapest (2017).