Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"A Journey - Layers & Readings" - New Solo Exhibition by Tunde Toth @ Cork Vision Centre

“A Journey - Layers and Readings” An exhibition of Experimental Paper Art and Print by Tunde Toth

at Cork Vision Centre St. Peter's, North Main Street, Cork

2nd - 26th April 2011 Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm Opening reception: The exhibition will be officially launched on Friday 8th April 2011 at 6pm by Mr Ferenc Jári, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary, followed by a musical performance by the Bolero Wind Ensemble of the city of Győr, Hungary. Marking the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the exhibition is a selection of works in the media of experimental paper art, fibre and combined media intaglio mono print. Inspired by surfaces, layers and textures of landscapes and urban environments, Tunde's work is also a 'reading' process: an exploration and investigation of traces, marks, imprints, space and distance, fragmentation and disappearance. Her current practice evolves around the observation, collection and transformation of a visual material, unearthed form natural and built environments, fragmented forms and the changing images of land/city scapes. Multi-layered, dream-like visions of landscapes and strong images emerge through her journeys in Hungary ('Enchanted Hills'), Italy ('Bologna series'), Egypt (desert scapes), Ireland ('Horizons'; 'Woodstock Daydream') and Tasmania ('Wilderness'). The finished art work also references and shows its own evolution: the raw material – often collected on location –, the unpredictable elements, the incidental changes that all leave their own marks on the creative process. As a paper artist and paper maker Tunde has been working with natural plant fibres, i.e. cotton, abaca, esparto, bamboo, rush, straw, grass etc, various handmade papers, raw silk fibres, textiles, found objects and old fabrics, lace and soil etc for the past 15 years. She uses techniques and processes which are rooted in the rich traditions of hand papermaking but she continually develops and changes these processes through an experimental approach to the medium, exploring and pushing the boundaries of hand papermaking. She also combines re-used materials with techniques of painting and dyeing – through an exciting process of layering and sculpting fibres. The use of calligraphy and drawing inks, watercolours, fibre reactive dyes – often in combination – allows for the ‘unpredictable’, ‘unrepeatable’ and 'unforseen' in this process. Tunde has introduced intaglio (dry point and carborundrum) print processes into her practice during the last few years – by printing onto silk and plant fibre papers as well as the traditionally used Fabriano. Her prints are experimental, 'mixed media' mono prints where fibres, paper, painting and printed image are layered upon each other creating dynamic, textured works. Tunde Toth's artwork has been selected for a number of solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad including her solo show in the Kilkenny Arts Office ('Land – Scripts' 2009) and the international paper art exhibition "New Paper - Old Land" in Tasmania in 2009. She was awarded the Artlinks Bursary award for Kilkenny in the same year and also undertook a residency at the Ars Longa International Artists Retreat in Cered, Hungary, enabling her to further explore the medium of print making. Tunde was invited to participate in the 20th IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists) Congress in Tasmania, Australia where she taught workshops on Silk Fibre Papermaking. On her return to Ireland she founded the Irish Network of Paper Artists (INPA)– a network that aims to bring together and assist artists who make or work with handmade papers in various contexts. Tunde has been extensively involved in arts education, arts facilitation and participatory arts projects in Ireland since 2003. She is teaching workshops and courses on various papermaking processes and experimental paper and textile art forms for adults at studio venues and museums in Dublin and Co. Kilkenny. She was selected as artist in residence in a number of primary schools in Co. Kilkenny and Dun Laoghaire and has been developing and managing regular and ongoing arts education programmes at Kozo Studio and Gallery and at The Watergarden Gallery, Thomastown. Her work with children and young people was recently awarded and further encouraged by an Arts Council Bursary Award (2010). For further information please contact: The Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter’s, North Main Street, Cork Tel: 353-21-4279925 Email: Tunde Toth Artist Inistioge Co. Kilkenny Ireland M: 087-2543362 E: W: B:

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