Dystopian Dreams: Fekete László at Budapest Kiállítóterem

Popular Hungarian artist Feher László is known for his large scale canvases with simple images on often flat picture planes.  However, artist Fekete László appears to be his antithesis working primarily in three dimensions with large maximalist amalgamations of ceramic pieces which take the form of  grotesque monuments which convey over consumption, destruction, and decay.

Often using broken pieces of Herend porcelin, Fekete appears to reassemble the many disparate parts à la Dr. Frankenstein and refires his structures with a heat activated glue or glaze which results in a new delicate permanence. With the addition of decals depicting everyday banalities such as supermarket sales on chicken pieces and adverts for electronic devices, the result is a permanent anachronistic tower of post-apocalyptic permanent decay which could jump straight out of a Lebbeus Woods  illustration.

While much of his recent work has a dystopian feel, also included in the show are a few of his earlier works from the 70’s.  While these organic structures seem to be in line with the the general aestethic at the time.  Given his later work, it is not difficult for most Sci-fi buffs to draw parallels between Fekete’s body of work and most Alien invasion films where the downfall of humanity is brought about by some seemily innocuous alien pods.

Fekete László at Budapest Kiállítóterem
Fekete’s earlier work – alien pods from the 70’s

Fekete’s series of ceramics guns are intriguing, however they do seem to be a bit of a riff on American artist Charles Krafft’s Delft porcelin assault weapons and handguns.

Charles Krafft porcelin gun
Charles Krafft

Overall, Fekete presents an excellent show of brutal elegance which is inspiring due to its properties of destruction, reconcilliation, and precariousness.

Fekete László Clay Sculptures 2012 January 11 – February 17 at Budapest Kiállítóterem

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