MIKLOS GAÁLCosmic/Cosmetic 7.8.2021 – 5.9.2021
The exhibition of artworks – photography, artist books, video – is compiled from various encountered views, situations, quotes and dictionary entries. Among other things, I’ve brought words together that are similar in their form and semantic (artist book: ”Two of a Kind”) and show green parrots appearing in the snow (video: ”Parrots in Amsterdam”). These are some of the works featured in the exhibition.
I portray things that seemingly contradict each other or do not go together, but which nevertheless are similar in ways often not considered. They show entanglements of nature, culture and language that we encounter in our environment and observations. In them, I’ve looked for metaphorical passages that blur the boundaries of perception and imagination. For me, it is a poetic exploration of the internal structures of experiences.
Miklos Gaál (b.1974, Espoo) studied graphic design and photography at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University). In 2008–2009, he was a scholar at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Gaál graduated in aesthetics studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2015 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Gaál’s doctoral dissertation considers the relationship between romantic irony (early German romanticism in the 1790s) and contemporary art. Gaál’s artworks have been displayed internationally in solo and group exhibitions since 2001. He is represented in a number of public collections abroad and in Finland. Gaál lives and works in Amsterdam and Helsinki.