Submission
Group Show

Needle & Balloon

APART collective, Radek Brousil, András Cséfalvay, Andrej Dúbravský, Ádám Horváth, Šimon Chovan, Yein Lee, Kristián Németh, Céline Struger, Adam Vačkář


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Needle & Balloon Exhibition View
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Needle & Balloon Exhibition View
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András Cséfalvay – Model for Extinction Survival: Take to the Sky, 2020, installation, 3D print, video, 7:15 min, Variable dimensions
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Needle & Balloon Exhibition View
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Adam Vačkář – Such sweet thunder (series), 2020
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Adam Vačkář – Stolen Moments from the Deep Forest, 2020, wood, aluminium, 175 x 40 x 30 cm
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Yein Lee – Rejuvenate Body Order Now, 2021 – 2022, 3D print, epoxide binder, wire, computer spare-parts, sheet metal, steel, Variable dimensions
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Yein Lee – Rejuvenate Body Order Now, 2021 – 2022, 3D print, epoxide binder, wire, computer spare-parts, sheet metal, steel, Variable dimensions (detail)
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Yein Lee – Rejuvenate Body Order Now, 2021 – 2022, 3D print, epoxide binder, wire, computer spare-parts, sheet metal, steel, Variable dimensions
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Radek Brousil – Can You Still Feel The Butterflies?, 2021, HD video, 13:17 min.
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APART collective – The Most Beautiful Catastrophe, 2018, HD video, 28 min.
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Andrej Dúbravský – Only one in hundred, 2022, Acrylic on canvas , 200 x 250 cm
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Céline Struger – Good Bye Horses, 2021 – 2022, Various materials, Variable dimensions
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Ádám Horváth – Moon dancer, 2021, wood, extruded hardened polystyrene, cement, acrylic, polish, silicone, cotton thread, cotton fabric, fresh-water mussels, 115 x 125 cm
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Ádám Horváth – Moon dancer, 2021, wood, extruded hardened polystyrene, cement, acrylic, polish, silicone, cotton thread, cotton fabric, fresh-water mussels, 115 x 125 cm (detail)
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Radek Brousil – Standing, Holding a Waterlily, 2019, installation, variable dimensions
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Šimon Chovan – Dear Thearlings, 2019 – 2022, Silicone, soil, plaster, stones, concrete, nails, rust, dust, Variable dimensions
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Šimon Chovan – Dear Thearlings, 2019 – 2022, Silicone, soil, plaster, stones, concrete, nails, rust, dust, Variable dimensions (detail)
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Šimon Chovan – Dear Thearlings, 2019 – 2022, Silicone, soil, plaster, stones, concrete, nails, rust, dust, Variable dimensions (detail)

The current ecological and political situation or state of society, marked by the context of recent period of at least two years, make contemplations on fragility more pressing than ever. Such slogans as stability, value, and guarantee have lost their meaning. After all, the impossible and unimaginable seems to be possible and real.

The international exhibition Needle & Balloon is a response to the issue of fragility and related feeling of borderline tension. It follows central motifs in the context of contemporary visual arts, emerging on the background of deliberations on economic systems, the alarming ecological situation, the state of our planet, and the impact of today’s decisions on our potential future. The curator’s project focuses on a new-age emotionality and inner feelings, following inclinations towards personal mythology and renewed ideas of romanticism. The exhibition goes hand in hand with the feelings of anxiety, melancholy, and sadness, and intriguing aspects of fiction, mysticism, unsettled reality, and a dystopian and post-apocalyptic atmosphere.

The group exhibition, anchored in the space, history, and the atmosphere of the Trnava Synagogue, is a selection of young and mid generation artists from Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. Connected to the topic of fragility in multiple layers, the multimedia selection naturally shifts from painting to sculptures, installations, and videos. The narratives of selected artworks, underlining transience of human life, and existence as such form a central motif of the project. The chosen artworks speak about natural evolution, the end of the world or, alternatively, an impossible and unnatural effort to stop time and preserve the present. The strong symbolism of motifs and materials used underscores the lyrical facet of the display of works, complemented by their formal aspects, with suggestive use of materials, their stability, durability, and visual representation. Although the project does not offer a direct reaction to the history associated with the Jewish culture, or unrelenting echoes of global pandemics and wars, their presence remains to a subconscious memento, a warning finger of the exhibition itself.