Aus: Géza Perneczky: Mirrors 1973

Géza Perneczky

concepts like commentary
This exhibition is devoted to the conceptual work of the Hungarian-born artist Géza Perneczky, developed from the early 1970s onwards and encompassing the creation of concept works, conceptual photographs and artists’ books. Perneczky’s works can be situated not only in the context of conceptual art but also in those of mail art and the late Fluxus movement. His work is represented internationally in several important collections. The exhibition not only honours Géza Perneczky on the occasion of his 80th birthday but is also an acknowledgement of the gratitude of the Centre for Artists’ Publications for the donation of his significant Soft Geometry Archives.

Among his earliest works are five issues of a hand-printed monthly periodical in 50 to 100 copies with original concrete and conceptual art collages, later to become well known under the name Five Books. The books were published in Hungary in the Samizdat. His later artists’ books and photographic works were by this time already being created in Germany.

“Art-Ball (concepts like commentary”) from 1972 is his first black-and-white photographic series. In this series he investigates the constitution of art with a tennis ball inscribed with the word “art”, or he reflects the word “art” in soap bubbles. He investigates not only what art is and how it appears but also the unreal methods by which it comes into being. “Senses” (1973) is about the various human senses and in “Mirror” (1973) Perneczky transforms himself with the aid of a mirror into a three-headed or four-footed individual.

 

Géza Perneczky: aus: Stamping by Spirits. 1978. Slg ASPC/Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen

In a third body of work Perneczky confronts the techniques of stamps and stamping, making use of spoons, combs, coins or schnapps bottle tops, for example in “Spirit Stamps” (1975). These works were also issued in series of approximately 100 copies. The subject of “Bird-twittering” (1980) is the voices of birds. In “Very Alternative Art” (1981) he prints the word “Shit” on lavatory paper in various languages and in “Cologne Cathedral” (1984) he playfully turns the cathedral upside down.

Géza Perneczky (born 1936, Hungary) is an art historian, writer, curator and pedagogue as well as a visual artist. Since his emigration to Germany in December 1970 he has been engaged predominantly in artistic activities. He also teaches in schools and freelances for the radio stations Deutsche Welle and Deutschlandfunk. Since the early 1970s he has been assembling in Cologne an internationally significant archive, the Soft Geometry Archive, with around 10,000 items including assemblings, drawings, collages, photographs and correspondence, now in the Centre for Artists’ Publications.

His works are in the MoMA New York, the Getty Research Institute in Santa Monica, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Artpool Art Research Center in Budapest and in many other European museums. He has participated in exhibitions in Hungary, Germany and other European countries.

Géza Perneczky lives in Cologne and Budapest.

 


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