Artist: Botond Keresztesi
Exhibition title: (U.F.O.) Unreadable For Others
Venue: Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Date: January 25 – May 30, 2019
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Future Gallery, Berlin/Mexico City
Future Gallery is proud to present U.F.O. (Unreadable For Others) an exhibition of new paintings by Botond Keresztesi. This is the second solo exhibition by the artist at the gallery.
The title Unreadable For Others insinuates a sort of codex that can only be interpreted by the author. The imaginative collaging of various cultural elements leads one to puzzle, how did the artist arrive at such an absurdist narrative within the paintings. However, the highly recognizable imagery hints at a sort system of communication which transports you a bizarre virtual nexus.
Keresztesi’s visual language is made up of stark art historical references, imagery from pop and subcultures alike. In these new paintings, one see visual clues of Caravaggio, Harry Potter, Hieronymous Bosch, 3D rendered organs, Frank Lloyd Wright, Smartphones, Joseph Beuys, X-files and Modigliani amongst others. These images are abstracted and democratized removed from cultural hierarchy, and then mashed together into new compositions. The resulting canvases can be deciphered as unique conflations of different time periods.
Botond Keresztesi (1987* Marosvásárhely, RO) is a Romanian/Hungarian artist working in painting, drawing, and site-specific painting installations. Remixing references from Art History, popular culture, virtual space, and everyday life, his paintings crystalise into the fragmented realities of dream-like landscapes. Recent solo and group exhibitions have taken place at: Galerie Deroullion, Paris; Storage Capacité, Berlin; Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels; Kunstfort, Vijhuizen, NL; Future Gallery, Berlin; Artkartell Project Space, Budapest; Labor Gallery, Budapest; Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest; and Schloss, Olso.