Curator Paksi Endre Lehel whose surname derives from the Hungarian town of Paks which houses the nuclear reactor responsible for over 30% of Hungary’s energy needs has put together an excellent show based to the theme of nuclear energy.  In the group show RADIOSPECTIVE – NUCLEAR ART at Studio Galéria he has included a wide range of works from all media that are visually appealing, humorous, clever, and even lugubrious in nature as we contemplate that humans are not really masters of this awesome force.

Farkas Pál’s bronze sculpture of Teller Ede, the Hungarian emigré known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb” holds court over the exhibition as the Hungarian founder of nuclear physics.  Győrffy László’s ceramic mushroom cloud sculpture and accompanying drawing refer to man’s folly in siring such a deadly offspring.

The public nuclear waste disposal unit by Hory Gergely and Müllner Péter remind us that nuclear contamination can spread anywhere while Vándor Csaba’s noise making Self Observer Panic Altar heightens the pananoia.  Looking to the future, Gyarmati Zsolt’s colorful works of mutants point to the generational legacy of nuclear energy.

On a more somber note, Farkas Pal’s medals for atomic energy safe operations and the environment are paired with Lepsényi Imre’s haunting work that consists of postcards sent to adresses within the disaster zones of Chernobyl and Fukushima that have been returned to him with the stamps “Return to Sender: Addressee No Longer at this Address”.

RADIOSPECTIVE – NUCLEAR ART curated by Paksi Endre Lehel 2012 March 22 – April 16 at Studio Galéria

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