Kicsiny Balázs at Inda Galeria

Last night I visited the opening of the Kicsiny Balázs exhibition at Inda Galeria. The main attraction was a bold and exhilarating installation.

As I walked into the room I saw a man suspended from the lights held only by his feet. Somehow he balanced there upside down clad in white. Closer up I found he was wearing a harness and a full body bathrobe, hoody included. It was a big body and felt heavy. He hung there faceless.

Turning I could see a figure on stilts, rising up in the centre of the room, connected back – across the ceiling – a white trail. Moving closer I found it to be a man in riding gear on the back of an invisible horse. He held his hair in one hand, the reigns in the other, and was pulling himself up by his hair. The hair stretched back across the room and was the rope which suspended the white robed man above the floor. To help you appreciate the scene the rider’s booted feet must have been at least one metre above the floor. An imposing sight.

Fortunately, as usual at Inda, there was an excellent text to explain to me what I was watching (for it seemed to have a life of its own). A quick read and re-read of the text , written by the artist, informed me that the man was indeed a horse rider. In fact it was Baron Münchhausen no less, and here he was pulling himself out of the mire by his own hair while his horse sank, never to be seen again. As in life, as in art, we save ourselves by our own efforts, or so his story goes.

Somewhat surprising, was the admission of the white robed man from the text. This does beg the question, who is he and what is his connection with the Baron? I discussed this issue with a number of other visitors. Perhaps the white robed man is the loser, the faller, while the Baron in black is the winner, the extractor from his own misfortune. As one rises the other falls. But if the man in white is looked down upon by fate, then why is he already harnessed and why is he looking at his wrist watch!

This installation entitled Anthem has a third piece. This is a plinth like dark billiard table. It is defying gravity and at times even the light to stand on its own, unannounced in the corner. How does it connect the main event of the two men in their life and death tussle? I really could not understand this. The darkness of the surrounding grave like ‘stone’, reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the plinth which brings culture and enlightenment to early man. So what is the meaning of the balls, hanging there for forever?

There were many things I liked about this exhibition, one was the use of the gallery space to focus upon the works. No overcrowding, just the works pure and simple. It was easy to walk around them and to puzzle over their meanings. The office room had a number of drawings, sketches, which were very useful for clarifying my understanding of the works. In fact I would not have found the wrist watch if I had not looked closely at these illustrations.

The artist had a successful Biennale Venice,

and I encourage you to take a look at his website and to take the time to see this installation.

Thanks again to the artist, Kicsiny Balázs, and Inda Galeria for a great show.

Kicsiny Balázs Anthem 2013 May 16 to June 21 at Inda Galéria

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