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A Roll of the Dice

Counter/culture Closing Events // Night Two

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 7.30 PM
Radiator Gallery Project Space | 10-61 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, New York
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Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center is pleased to announce the official closing events of its Counter/culture program series focusing on artistic resistance during the era of State Socialism in Hungary. The thematically linked events are all related to the exhibition With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies on show at Elizabeth Dee Gallery between May 2 and August 11, with the intention to present how varied and complex were the ways through Hungarian artists coped with an oppressive political system while struggling to maintain contact with the Western art world and carry on the broken legacy of pre-war Hungarian modern art. As an interpretation of the inherent dilemma of the era, both events are reflecting on artists either staying in a country which blocked free creative work or fleeing beyond the Iron Curtain to create art without the burden of censorship while loosing ties.

On December 14, Hungarian-born visual artist ANDRÁS BÖRÖCZ will present his special performance A Roll of the Dice at the Radiator Gallery Project Space accompanied by two film projections by videographer KLÁRA PALOTAI and a live sound collaboration by TIBOR SZEMZŐ and LÁSZLÓ GŐZ. Böröcz started his art career in Budapest in the Seventies, when a new system of cultural politics emerged in Hungary, defined by the so-called “Three T’s” of cultural activity: támogatott (supported), tűrt (tolerated) and tiltott (prohibited). Böröcz’s art practice fit into all three categories: after graduating with a degree in painting from the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, he received the (supported) state-sponsored Derkovits Scholarship, but he was an active member of two underground art groups, in which he created experimental, multimedia performances, which were either tolerated or prohibited.

Moving to New York City in 1985, and falling in love with the pencil as a material in the Nineties, he is continuing to make multimedia performances relying on two basic parts: documentary video and live performance with video projection. Abstraction being a core aspect of Böröcz’s work and long been documented by Palotai, the inspiration behind A Roll of the Dice came from walls of a parking lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, consisting of three by three by three foot concrete blocks piled on top of each other. Through these objects, the artist continues his explorations as the idiot savant, presenting concrete poetry, a concrete cube costume, and cube boxes made of matzo, which he calls pandoras.

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About the Artists

András Böröcz is a NYC-based visual and performing artist, born in Budapest, Hungary. His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S. since 1983. Working with his own personal iconography based on objects by playing with function and cultural symbols, and by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to contemporary society, he makes works that can be seen as portraits of himself and also of everyman. His personal expression is transformed to a collective experience through humor and in his choices of materials. His artwork is represented by the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in Chelsea.

Klára Palotai is a Hungarian-born videographer. She was a member of the famed Squat Theatre, an expatriate Hungarian theatre company based in NYC in the late 70 and 80s.

About the Exhibition

With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies presented more than one hundred works by thirty artists active in the Hungarian Neo-avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th Century. Organized by New York-based guest curator András Szántó, this was the first large-scale exhibition in the United States devoted to a fertile yet underappreciated period in Hungarian art. Against the backdrop of an authoritarian system, which placed strict ideological limits on free expression, this group of artists found diverse and inventive ways in which to encrypt and express powerful messages in the face of the constrained social, cultural, and political reality of their time.


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