The Machine’s Running...

János Fajó visual artist’s exhibition at the Ybl Buda Creative House

The latest exhibition of Ybl Buda Creative House is just about to open on 6 February 2020 at 6 pm entitled “The Machine’s Running…”; it introduces a special selection from the works of the Munkácsy and Kossuth Prize winner artist, János Fajó (1937-2018). The compositions created by means of multiplication and the gradual rotation of lines, forms and elements send spectators to another dimension. János Fajó, who has been rightly referred to as the spiritual heir of Lajos Kassák, was one of the most outstanding representative of Hungarian constructive geometric art. His works are characterized by a strong ideological nature; spectators are quasi fascinated by them; these works indeed attract the attention and invite for a borderless and theoretic time travel. An adventure during which one tries to decode these forms, figures and signs running at and building upon one another.

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These form-based experiments created by János Fajó appear in the form of graphic works, screen prints, paintings, wall objects and sculptures. Based on the substantial work of curator Zita Sárvári the exhibition implemented at the Ybl Buda Creative House also represents an excellent example for the evolution of the typical forms applied by Fajó; various media are used in order to discuss how the same form could manifest in various materials behaving differently. In the course of his persistant, several decades long craftmanship Fajó searched for empirical and geometric phenomena with unique rigour. In his diverse artwork he dealt with structures consisting of recurring elements and the variations thereof. Fajó did believe in the freedom of artists and art, and this opinion of his “winks out” of his works at the spectator with playfulness and complicity. Geometric traditions and the principles of Constructivism laid the foundations of his work, but he was also influenced by Op Art, Minimal Art and the so called “New Geometry”. His works express peaceful harmony and optimism; the pure and sunny colours together with the precisely constructed strokes create real concord while inviting the spectator for free association. 

The artist was born in Orosháza, Hungary and graduated from the University of Applied Arts as decorative painter in 1961; besides and following his studies he travelled round the world in various study trips. He managed to visit the former Soviet Union, Egypt, Vienna, Basel, Paris, London and Nuremberg as well. At these trips he encountered renowned artists and exciting schools that, of course, had influenced him to a great extent. Later he participated at various exhibitions abroad as a result of which he gained real international fame, but of course there have been a number of successful exhibitions organized from his works in Hugary as well. In Hungary his works can be seen at the Hungarian National Gallery, the Ludwig Museum, the MODEM, the Lajos Kassák Memorial Museum and other major museums in the country, however, several of his works are contained in Austrian, German, Italian, Polish and Swiss collections, such as the Albertina in Vienna, the Neue Galerie am Landesmuzeum in Graz, the “Haus Konkrete” in Zurich, the Das Progressive Kunst Museum of Basel, or the Moscow Moderne Museum – just to mention a few.
The geometric forms used by him on the canvases and screen prints – like circles, squares or triangles – represent the fundamentals of his particular design in sculpting. His workmanship in the fields of painting and sculpting are closely interrelated; his sculptures give rise to the effect as if his paintings had come to life in space. There is another exciting, but peripheral area of his works from the beginning of the 1980s, when he created the spectacular artworks for the covers of a popular series published by Magvető Kiadó, entitled Gyorsuló idő (Accelerating time).

The posthumous exhibition of János Fajó is open for visitors free of charge until 8 March 2020 at the Ybl Buda Creative House.

Have a look at the photos taken during the set-up of the exhibition
February 6, 2020.