Stephen Hawking is my Copilot: Gyurics Balázs at Ádám Villa

Gyurics Balázs’s Tardigrade Cottage at Ádám Villa presents a series of colourful abstractions which allude to both both chemical interactions and biological processes as well as the intersection between the two.  The tardigrade or water bear is considered the toughest animal on the planet because the microscopic creature is able to withstand both extreme heat and cold as its body is capable of making a chemical transformation more or less making it inert biomass.  Gyurics’s works also contain elements both biological and chemical as the artist has made human choices as to colours and general placement on his canvases while a distillate interacts with his paints to create shapes which can be seen as both microscopic and cosmic in form.   It is easy to see the original visual influences of Keserü Ilona whom Gyurics studied under in Pécs and her bright palette and broad swathes of colour.  However, Gyurics’s use of multiple glazes create depth on a two dimensional surface and the results are fantastic abstractions bursting with colour and subtle nuances very similar to a tardigrade as seen under a microscope.  With elements of both micro and macro as well as organic versus mineral at play his works also pay hommage to those of Lovas Ilona whose textured pieces of desiccated animal intestines layered between stacked glass pieces to create large scale microscopic slides.

Gyurics Balázs’s excellent video piece to accompany the exhibition


Gyurics Balázs’s Tardigrade Cottage 2011 November 18 Ádám Villa, Budapest, VII. Városligeti fasor 35/a.  The exhibition will be open to the public for a guided tour by the artist on December 3, 4 14h – to 18h.

Correction: Original piece mentioned that Gyurics studied under Lovas Ilona, It was actually Keserü  Ilona.  My apologies.


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