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Longing & Belonging

The Absurd World of drMáriás

10 Thousand Steps Bookstore | 516 E 11th St, New York
On show until November 17, 2017

Hungarian painter, musician and mischief artist drMáriás is well known to the audiences of NYC: one of the most original artists of his generation, he has been exhibited in the City several times before, including the prestigious Courthouse Gallery in Anthology Film Archives, and performances with his band Tudósok, at venues like The Knitting Factory.This time he’s back to town with his Longing and Belonging series, on which notorious politicians, dictators, criminals and celebrities are presented in the styles of famous artists. From his perspective, the world of art as an idealistic reality clashes with the faces representing the tragic history and weird present.

Karel Gott

When the portraits of Marx, Engels, Stalin, Merkel, Bowie, Woody Allen and others appear on medieval Bible-like paper - printed by the renowned Vinczemill workshop -  it looks elegant and provoking, perplexing and attractive, scary and amusing, realistic and Dadaistic at the very same time. Take a look at these works that melt together the feeling of longing for an artistic and happy world with the feeling of belonging to a grotesque and tough reality!

Marquis de Sade

About the Artist
drMáriás (Béla Máriás) studied at the University of Art in Belgrade. In 1991, due to the war in Yugoslavia, he moved to Budapest where he resides since. His multi-disciplinal art can be best approximated as having critical attitude that deals with existential questions deriving from an East-European identity and historic and political context. His artistic language implements elements of avant-garde, Dadaism, pop art, soc art and surrealism, which he defines as ‘social surgery’. Besides visual arts, he is a founding member and lead singer/saxophonist of Hungarian jazz-punk underground band Tudósok, originally hailing from Novi Sad. He has had solo exhibitions in various places throughout his career; e.g. in Budapest, London, Belgrade, Vienna, Ljubljana, Beijing, Prague and New York.



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