Árpád Forgó at ENA Viewing Space / Budapest

Cherry on Top at ENA Viewing Space / Árpád Forgó

Curator: Peter Bencze

Date: September 25 – November 12, 2021

ENA Viewing Space
Budafoki ut, Budapest

Photography: Áron Weber / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Everybody Needs Art, Budapest

Instagram: @arpadforgo, @enaviewingspace, @everybodyneedsart

In the tradition of the Hungarian neo avant-garde, Forgó shapes canvas to create visually

alluring, subtle kinetic works while embracing the heritage of European abstraction and

developing it further through his own geometric methods, such as reflection, shifting and

rotation. Árpád Forgó’s meticulously shaped canvases are built from his pre-defined modular

system that emphasizes the rhythm of the planar and spatial relationships. Each panel is

pared down to its basic elements – form and color, into a unique dimensional construction

that retains the material’s inherent integrity and beauty. Forgó experiments with various

painting techniques and materials, such as Chinese leatherettes, producing a lustrous,

transient color effect on the surface of his unconventional assemblages. Forgó questions

how we look, perceive and reveal the physical aspects of space. Each viscerally

proportioned work reveals compositional variations of depth and surface as they are moved

about, unfolding and transforming along the gallery walls. This fluid relationship between the

whole and the segment are the crux of Forgó’s sophisticated practice.

Árpád Forgó has exhibited in various museums and art institutions across the globe, such as

the Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy; Rómer Flóris Art and History Museum, Györ,

Hungary, Ludwig Museum and Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary; Museum Ritter,

Waldenbuch, Germany; Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia, Hungarian Cultural

Institutes in Brussels, Belgium and Warsaw, Poland; Griffin Gallery, London, UK,

SNO Gallery, Sydney Australia; Milano Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.

Forgó is a 2019 recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; the Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia; the Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder,

Trondheim, Norway; The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, New

York, USA; and Swatch Art Peace Hotel’s AIR Program in Shanghai, China and most

recently was chosen to participate in The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany,

Connecticut, USA.