Art Metropole is pleased to host a launch for Balint Zsako: Drawings from the Bernardi Collection published by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) (Toronto) to document the exhibition of the same name presented in Febraury 2008. Included in this monograph is an essay and interview with the artist by respected writer and University of Guelph Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism Robert Enright. Please join us on Saturday May 30, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to celebrate. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book.
Acclaimed for his lavish figurative narratives of anthropomorphous creatures, this publication is the first large sampling of Zsako’s watercolour paintings in reproduction. This book contains 88 full page colour presentations of works included in the exhibition; primarily from the collection of Roy Bernardi.
As David Liss, Artistic Director of the MOCCA, states in the introduction: With his adept command of ink and watercolour he possesses an extraordinary ability to tap his fluid and expansive imagination in ways that are at once playful, humorous, disturbing and even sinister. To a great degree he has invented his own mythologies; modern day, poetic folktales that feature human/animal/plant/machine hybrids embodying a remarkable of experience, of the cycle of life: birth, growth, entropy, death.
Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 to a sculptor father and a textile artist mother. The family immigrated to Canada in 1988 after spending two years living in West Germany. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Balint Zsako received his B.A. in fine arts (photography) from Ryerson University, Toronto. His works in mixed media, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture have been exhibited in Hungary, England, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and the US.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto organized a traveling exhibition of his watercolors entitled Drawings from the Bernardi Collection that is also accompanied by the artistâ€™s first monograph.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999. In 2005, MOCCA relocated to the West Queen West Art + Design District in downtown Toronto, in the heart of one of North Americaâ€™s most dynamic arts communities. Our facility is modest in scale, impressive in design, and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural production and exchange.
The mandate of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and international artists whose works engage and address challenging issues and themes relevant to our times. MOCCA is committed to providing a forum for emerging artists that show particular promise and to established artists whose works are considered to be ground-breaking or influential.
Featuring two primary exhibition spaces, the 5,000 sq, ft. Main Space and the 1,000 sq. ft. Project Room, MOCCA presents a variety of original and thought provoking exhibitions. Since 2005, over 800 artists have been featured in more than 80 exhibitions and projects. In addition MOCCA includes work by non-Canadian artists, in group exhibitions, to foster a global context for the Canadian cultural voice. It is MOCCAâ€™s objective to forge a network of contacts and partnerships locally, nationally and internationally as a catalyst for local-to-global connectivity and engagement. Since 2001 MOCCA has presented exhibitions and projects in 7 countries outside of Canada, including the United States, China, Taiwan, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
1: Kelly Palmer with guest, Balint Zsako, jaspal Riyat, Michael Steckey, Rosemary Heather.
2: Crowds discussing and enjoying the wares and company.
3: People shmoozing.
4: Jordan Sonenberg, Melanie Zanher and Kelly Palmer.
5: Rosemary Heather, Arella Vent, Balint Zsako.
6: David Salazar with a couple of guests, Jennifer Murphey.
7: Guest, David Liss, Natalie Matutschovsky.
8: Balint Zsako happy to sign his newly minted drawings.