Áron Gábor: Light processes

Áron Gábor conceives of his art as series of works made up of interrelated pieces, each of which conveys an essential and coherent message. His paintings are persistently influenced by his impressions, and his form of expression draws from periodic forays into the realms of sculpture and cinema. The central themes of his first sequence are unruly animals guided by their unbridled instincts, symbolizing freedom and the primitive forces of nature. The swirling vortex motif featured in these paintings serves as a metaphor for the sweeping changes that gripped the contemporary society of his time. Gábor’s sequence of heads may be viewed as a visual imprint of a world focused on the individual, while the paintings of the golden garden series are a Derridean manifestation of his personal experiences of Badacsony.

A closer inspection of the symbolism in his paintings reveals that he has always employed purposeful and evocative symbols in his artistic periods, which convey for him a particular meaning, closely associated with the pieces of self-transcribed and self-related semantic content borrowed from empirical experience. His most recent programme as a painter, expressed through the symbolism of his light processes, intends to tackle yet another intellectual problem.
Far removed from the ramifications of social existence, his works of art examine intellectual connections of a universal reach. The flowing processes of the inner world are transformed by external personal experiences, although these changes are not drastic or unexpected—they represent rather subtle transitions in the process whereby experience turns into knowledge.
This theme has been so persistent and captivating for Gábor that he cannot confine it to a single painting, so he slowly develops the conclusion of his complex system, exploring it from all sides, clothing it in his personal array of symbols in such a way that the previously existing reality is now construed in an entirely different way. The individual paintings in his most recent output reveal a structure which, when magnified, is similar to that exhibited by the whole series, as if one was breaking down an endlessly complicated fractal structure to its constituents. Its periodic structures are laid out in a narrative, cinematic style, just as a movie director constructs the story frame by frame.

The simultaneous use of symbolic colours, shapes and gestures imbued with diverse meanings result in the closed formal arrangement and the complex structure underlying the painting. The distinctive patterns and themes recurring in the series mentioned above reflect Gábor’s unique world view, which he compounds with ancient symbolism to reach a coherent whole.
The artist’s predilection for sonoric colours—red, black and white—serves to emphasize the tenseness that pervades the composition. As our most ancient experience, black and white appear in the paintings as stylized colours indicating the alternation of day and night. The red range of colours plays a particularly important role for Gábor because red signifies everything in connection with life: fire, blood and passion. These three archaic primary colours constitute the most frequent colour scheme in traditional cultures, and this may be the reason why they trigger such an intense emotive response in the world of paintings.

The geometrically divided space of the painting is broken by coiled, serpentine motifs, which sometimes appear as snails, swirling shapes, scampering dogs or dragons, although they all eventually combine, in their wild cacophonous rhythm, into a single sine wave.
Gábor’s compositions feature dichotomous opposites, where the dynamic and the geometric motifs are arranged to complement each other and thereby form a harmonious whole—an abstraction and unique proportionality of the aesthetic reflection of reality.
The complementary nature of the adjacently placed opposites, the cultural significance of black, white and red, the unrestrained gestures devoid of geometry and all contrived tenets, and the part-whole relationship manifested in the entire programme serve to create a state of equilibrium.

Gábor’s newest paintings are the direct descendants, the mature, full-fledged outcome of his previous series. But while in the earlier series the artistic space is confined within a closed structure that captures the sight, the paintings of his latest series represent important, arbitrarily selected pieces of infinity, which transposes his aesthetic into a boundless realm of time and space.
Áron Gábor’s spirituality is on a par with the resolute and unwavering style of Oriental masters, who believe that the path to perfection leads through endless practice.

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Eszter Radák:
For Seasons:
if they still exist at all
22 March 2017  - 22 April  
Gábor Király: Reservation february 2017
Gábor Király:
Reservation
20 February - 18 March 2017
József Csató: Pocket Volcano march 2016
József Csató:
Pocket Volcano
24 March - 13 April 2016
Eszter Radák: Fütyül a rigó september 2014
Eszter Radák:
Fütyül a rigó
10-27 September 2014
Gábor Király: Guests march 2014
Gábor Király:
Guests
12 March - 9 April 2014
Vomeronasale - An exhibition by József Csató september 2013
Vomeronasale - An exhibition by József Csató
4 September - 1 October 2013
Out-of-the-doors! september 2012
Out-of-the-doors!
6-27 September 2012
L O O P may 2012
L O O P
23 May - 30 June 2012
Made in Wunderland april 2012
Made in Wunderland
3 April 2012  - 0  0000  
Istvan Nyari march 2012
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6-31 March 2012
Small Talk september 2011
Small Talk
1-28 September 2011
Budapest Flow may 2011
Budapest Flow
27 May 2011  - 0  0000  
Paper Panorama march 2011
Paper Panorama
11 March - 30 April 2011
József Szurcsik: Homo Homini november 2010
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Homo Homini
10-30 November 2010
Luca Korodi: Far away from Africa november 2010
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10-30 November 2010
A kép képe september 2010
A kép képe
10-30 September 2010
Szilárd Cseke september 2009
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9-30 September 2009
Katalin Haász september 2009
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9-30 September 2009
Luca Korodi: Happy Huntingfields february 2009
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Happy Huntingfields
12 February - 14 March 2009
Éva Köves 2007-2008 january 2009
Éva Köves 2007-2008
12 January - 6 February 2009
Imre Bak and Roters Katharina november 2008
Imre Bak and Roters Katharina
3-26 November 2008
Nádler Retrospective september 2008
Nádler Retrospective
13 September - 4 October 2008
Three Graces april 2008
Three Graces
16 April - 6 May 2008
Arnulf Rainer and Respect for Arnulf Rainer: József Gaál, Tamás Kopasz, István Nádler, Károly Szikszai february 2008
Arnulf Rainer and Respect for Arnulf Rainer:
József Gaál, Tamás Kopasz, István Nádler, Károly Szikszai
23 February - 22 March 2008
József Szurcsik: Arcadia january 2008
József Szurcsik:
Arcadia
29 January 2008  - 29 February  
Fresh Painting september 2007
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16 September - 3 October 2007