photo credit: Andras Mar and Lisa Solberg
THE WRITINGS ON THE WALL
The gypsy appeared, beamed luminously
danger is coming
the angels sing!
she motioned to the sun,
nothing everything, darling
we all meet our selves in the end
Is our power in our self-control or is it in letting go? – a question that is of central importance for Lisa Solberg’s exhibition titled The Writings on the Wall. As a continuation of her recent experimentation with materials and mark making, the artist displays an array of re-appropriated objects that become living, breathing entities by their own right.
Focusing on beauty in the small things, the unseen and the spiritual, Solberg captures the moment by “making a mark”. Paintings evolving as a byproduct of other painted pieces, unintentionally applied surfaces declare their existence as they are developed unforced by the artist. Evoked from the work: a feeling of purpose as fear is forgotten.
The artifacts presented in the show - compositions built from industrial detritus, residues of the creative process, photographs capturing the Budapest milieu, philosophically rooted, tongue-in-cheek, humorous and playful drawings – convert the exhibition space into a platform of multi-layered exchange, a hybrid shrine, where questions are posed that have no answers:
What is dangerous? What is guaranteed? How do we live without fear? How can we protect ourselves while still living fully? Is our power our self-control? Is our power in letting go?
The artist invites us to tackle these personal yet universal questions that constitute the backbone of her artistic practice. To ponder an umbrella of rhetorical questions where the answers are present and absent at the same time.
Budapest Art Factory
H-1138 Budapest, Váci út 152-156.