Needle & Balloon | Exhibition

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October 22, 2022
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Currently on View: Synagogue-Center of Contemporary Art, Exhibition: Needle and Balloon, curated by Michal Stolárik | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Needle and Balloon | Group Show at Synagogue - Center of Contemporary Art, Trnava, Slovakia curated by Michal Stolárik

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.

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Exhibition View | Needle and Balloon | Image by Adam Šakový

The curator’s project (Michal Stolárik) 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. 

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On View now: Needle and Balloon | Contemporary Art Center | Image by Adam Šakový

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.

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András Cséfalvay – Model for Extinction Survival: Take to the Sky, 2020, installation, 3D print, video, 7:15 min, Variable dimensions | Image: Adam Šakový

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.

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Installation View: Needle and Balloon | Image: Adam Šakový

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.

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Artwork and Installation by artist Adam Vačkář | Image by Adam Šakový

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. - Text by Michal Stolárik

Participating Artist are:

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

Selection of Artworks by Artists:

APART collective:
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APART collective – The Most Beautiful Catastrophe, 2018, HD video, 28 min. | Image by Adam Šakový
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Installation View: APART collective – The Most Beautiful Catastrophe, 2018, HD video, 28 min. | Needles and Balloon Exhibition | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Artworks by András Cséfalvay :
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András Cséfalvay Contemporary Artwork | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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András Cséfalvay | Exhibition View | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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Detail of the work of András Cséfalvay – Model for Extinction Survival: Take to the Sky, 2020, installation, 3D print, video, 7:15 min, Variable dimensions | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Selection of Artworks by Adam Vačkář 
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Adam Vačkář | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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Installation View | Artwork by Adam Vačkář | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Yein Lee Installation
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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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Detail of the artwork | Yein Lee – Rejuvenate Body Order Now, 2021 – 2022, 3D print, epoxide binder, wire, computer spare-parts, sheet metal, steel, Variable dimensions | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Video Installation by Radek Brousil
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Radek Brousil – Can You Still Feel The Butterflies?, 2021, HD video, 13:17 min. | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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Radek Brousil – Standing, Holding a Waterlily, 2019, installation, variable dimensions | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Installation View: Andrej Dúbravský 
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Andrej Dúbravský – Only one in hundred, 2022, Acrylic on canvas , 200 x 250 cm
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Detail of the work | Andrej Dúbravský – Only one in hundred, 2022, Acrylic on canvas , 200 x 250 cm | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Works by Céline Struger 
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Céline Struger – Good Bye Horses, 2021 – 2022, Various materials, Variable dimensions | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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Detail of the artwork | Céline Struger – Good Bye Horses, 2021 – 2022, Various materials, Variable dimensions | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Kristián Németh – Monument
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Detail of the work by Kristián Németh – Monument of Possible Fall, 2019, Polystyrene, 50 x 660 cm | Photo credit: Adam Šakový
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Kristián Németh – Monument of Possible Fall, 2019, Polystyrene, 50 x 660 cm | Photo credit: Adam Šakový

Ádám Horváth
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Ádám Horváth – Fragile symbiosis between hollow bones, 2021, Wood, metal chain, extruded hardened polystyrene, cement, acrylic, polish, silicone, straw, leaves, cotton thread, plastic ivy leaves, metal lock, 100 x 115 x 75 cm 
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Detail of the work of Ádám Horváth | Needle and Balloons Exhibition | Slovakia
Šimon Chovan – Dear Thearlings
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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 
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