Éva Bodnár and Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman have a long history of working together. Already 42years ago (1981) the artist was presented for the first time in the gallery in Innsbruck.
Eva Bodnár draws and paints what she loves. The starting point of her work is her own current position, from which she seeks what is suitable to work with in that particular moment. She allows her tools – her eyes, hands, thoughts, and feelings – to flow freely in order to interrupt an unwanted thinking process during drawing or painting and perhaps find an answer:How can one paint without conscious thought?In the midst of her conscious processual unfolding, comprehensive considerations regarding effectiveness, one’s range of action, and abilities are at play. The central question of one’s own abilities, what one is able to do without artificial intervention, out of one’s own strength, without tricks and double bottoms, how much one can achieve alone and at what point it stagnates without other participants, accompanies the artist throughout her life.
Bodnár’s rich potpourri of experience as well as certainty in composition and technique allow her to act as a courageous tightrope walker of her own creation. Through diverse, sometimes given, sometimes self-imposed framework conditions, such as temporal or spatial limits, she permanently challenges herself in her self-discipline. This certain kind of stress in combination with the elaborated chance, whose use always requires good and clear decisions, ensures a strong presence resting in itself. In this sense, Bodnár administers herself a healthy dose of heartbeat, which is clearly visible in her works, which are bursting with power and liveliness.
ÉVA BODNÁR: Gyere, gyere
16 Sep 2023 - 18 Nov 2023
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Seilerstätte, Wien, Österreich
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