Connecting several branches of art, the first joint exhibition of Mária Roskó and Zsófia Ádám addresses the question of conventions and the freedom of creation. The (un)limited freedom dance performance and musical improvisation performed in the space by Ayumi Toyabe and Bálint Bolcsó defined by the installations and the jewelry as integral part of the exhibition. Regarding the history of art, the jewelry pieces make reference to the gesture painting in abstract expressionism, which encourages the freedom of expression of emotions through movement. The installations created transform the exhibition space into an imaginary landscape.
The jewelry, the installations and the exhibition space limit the dancer's possibilities and guide her movements. While improvisation gives freedom, the pieces of jewelry constantly require to revise the relationship between jewelry and the body: some movements are encouraged, others are made more difficult for the performer. After the performance act, the traces left on the installations capture the act of the performance, and pieces of jewelry are reinterpreted as tools of the performance.
Mária Roskó's hybrid objects focus on the traditional function of jewelry, also addressing traditional artistic practices and the act of tracing. The exhibits are in transition between pieces of jewelry and art tools (brushes, pencils, pastels) that have become normative tools of artistic tracing over the centuries. The objects reinterpret the traditional forms of jewelry and art tools, keeping a certain distance from both. The shape of the objects invites the wearer/user to break the rules set by the pieces and to find alternative ways of wearing and holding them through uncommon forms of using the human body. The objects, however, make references to both the history of jewelry and of the history of art. In the case of the history of jewelry, the pieces may evoke signet rings (whose function is to trace).
Zsófia Ádám’s exhibited pieces are in a complex conceptual and formal relationship with each other, and also enter into a dialogue with the jewelry on display. The installations are based on basic shapes that are in positive-negative, complementary, or part-whole relation with each other, and reoccur in each object on a different scale, color or surface. The complementary colors used by the artist also reflect the colors of the exhibited jewelry, just as the painted metal colors of some installations evoke the material of the pieces of jewelry.
Dancer Ayumi Toyabe paints, draws and leaves marks on the surface of the installations using the exhibited pieces of jewelry, accompanied by Bálint Bolcsó's electronic musical improvisation.
The international aspect of the event is that Mária Roskó will represent Hungary at the central exhibition of the Athens Jewelry Week 2020 as the winner of last year's Jewelry Night AJW AWARD.
Installation: Zsófia ÁDÁM, Mária ROSKÓ
Dance, choreography: Ayumi TOYABE
Music: Bálint BOLCSÓ
Video: Balázs TURÓS
Co-operation partners: Ékszerek Éjszakája, MyMuseum
Zsófia Ádám graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2015. She studied with a scholarship at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden and went for a European study tour. An important element of her portfolio is pointing out ephemeral events, processes, spatial, installative construction, and the study of various phenomena such as wave, vibration, and light. She considers the passage between the branches of art important, so we can also meet her collaborations of contemporary music for years. In 2019, she received Derkovits national fine arts scholarship.
Mária Roskó studied jewelry making in Japan in Atelier Komiya, in Germany at HAWK Hildesheim and in Hungary at Art School of Buda. She participated at various exhibitions in Japan, Hongkong and Europe. Her jewelry goes beyond the traditional approach of the genre and her hybrid objects often carry social and cultural references. The theoretical aspects of her objects and her poetic vision is supported by her background in human sciences. In 2019 she won the Athens Jewelry Week Award at the Art Jewelry Night of Budapest.
Ayumi Toyabe (JP) contemporary dancer, creator. She came to Europe at her age of 19. After graduating from Ballet Academy Nürnberg/Fürth in Germany, she went to Art Factory International in Italy. Her solo piece Augmented Spaces directed by Gyula Berger was performed in Japan, Korea, Romania, Estonia and Hungary with the support of National Cultural Fund of Hungary, L1 Association, Workshop Foundation, workspacebrussels. Her first dance film SATO was featured on Dance Cinema (2019). She is leading the international dance collective UGOIQ based in Hungary. She is collaborating with various people through dance. In 2019 she performed a dance piece with a drone ABOVE directed by Nina Kov. She is teaching Ballet and Contemporary dance in ZeroPlus Dance program, working as an assistant director of Tokyo Space Dance.
Bálint Bolcsó was born in 1979. During his composition studies in Budapest and Vienna he was a regular participant of the International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely. He has been teaching electroacoustic composition since 2011. Many of his compositions are based on unique situations like a MIDI-driven concert organ, an ensemble controlled by a laptop performer, or an autonomous interactive environment built around an improvising musician. Apart from being an active participant of the Budapest free improvisation scene, he also creates music and sound design for film, dance and theatre.