József Csató: Pocket Volcano

When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave. – John Cage


Pocket Volcano–An exhibition byJózsef Csató

Titled asPocket Volcano, József Csató presents his works created last year. A decided difference is the measure of abstraction thanks to the experimental surfaces of his newest works. While Csató unconsciously preoccupied with the foiled, paper collages with pieces of the palette colors, smoke and the volcanic forms slowly seeped through into his pictures. Despite the rich and Baroquefactures, colors and forms what really matter to Csató.


„I don’t hesitate much at painting. When a subject comes up I follow it, and don’t bother with the other thousands I could work on. I aim to bear the responsibility for my decisions, even if that is to repaint the work. The exhibition Pocket Volcano shows the different elements of last year’s experimental world. It is a conceptual shashlik, where various ingredients are on the same base. I have made collages during this period, which affected the paintings in colors and as well as in formal designs. You could find eddying wreath on the paintings, earth-sounds, and clouds of dust, ashes and steam with the calm before explosion or the thousand-year-old silence. Volcanos are there, but only in the pockets.” (Csató József on Pocket Volcano, 2016)


The exhibition carries an interesting play between flat and dimensional surfaces. Although we don’t see the well-known head and memberless figures anymore, we find some of Csató’s trade-mark two-dimensional, drawling or figureless forms now complete with the fine solutions of paint. There is Csató’s straight-out honesty, and playful stolidity within the spontaneous details. His vivid color usage and abounding surfaces not only serve with an aesthetic pleasure, but motivate the viewer to think about the technical solutions.

This time again, his genderless characters are wrapped-around smoke. Here we could find the heritage of his 2013 Vomaeronasale series. It is very intriguing though that he clearly borrows some tools of Street Art on his cheeky portrait (Lady from Hamburg) or on his visual roamings leaning towards abstraction. Up to this time, the complete oeuvre by Csató is defined by humor and irony or the delicate presence of unrealistic burlesque elements. Luckily these are all characteristics of Pocket Volcano as well.

Magdolna Hársfalvi

Eszter Radák: For Seasons: if they still exist at all march 2017
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
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
Istvan Nyari
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
József Szurcsik:
Homo Homini
10-30 November 2010
Luca Korodi: Far away from Africa november 2010
Luca Korodi:
Far away from Africa
10-30 November 2010
A kép képe september 2010
A kép képe
10-30 September 2010
Szilárd Cseke september 2009
Szilárd Cseke
9-30 September 2009
Katalin Haász september 2009
Katalin Haász
9-30 September 2009
Luca Korodi: Happy Huntingfields february 2009
Luca Korodi:
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
Áron Gábor: Light processes may 2008
Áron Gábor:
Light processes
29 May - 28 June 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
Fresh Painting
16 September - 3 October 2007