2 parts: various dimensions
Paper, tape, paper cutting
Collection Museum Haus Konstruktiv
Purchase made possible by the bequest of Elisabeth Lauener
Peeled Still Life III
The Hungarian artist Attila Csörgő (born 1965 in Budapest, Hungary) explores the intersections of art and science in his photographs, sculptures, and drawings. He often spends months investigating scientific and technological questions, like problems in physics or projective geometry. He constructs sophisticated devices to visualize optical or geometric phenomena, and he invents seeing machines that expand the human spectrum of vision. His apparatuses built out of basic materials record traces of light that are nearly, if not imperceptible to the human eye in normal conditions.
The cameras that Csörgő designs are also impressive. These have rotating lenses, with which they capture the entire surroundings on a photograph shaped like a hemisphere. From a central point within a room, for example, space is recorded in all directions, after which this interior space can be seen as the outside surface of a spherical photograph. The artist’s interest in optical illusions that combine light and movement to create unexpected, physical phenomena has led him to develop hypnotic and mesmerizing light installations. For example, he illuminates a rotating wheel with perforated disks, so that it seems to turn in all directions at the same time, or he lets small lamps circle at a high speed to create the impression of a three-dimensional light.
Csörgő is well-known for his self-made devices with he which demonstrates how spatial objects can be transformed into each other. His work “Platonic Love” is about the metamorphosis of Platonic solids. A network of motorized cable winches and weights moves little rods that transform from a cube, a tetrahedron, and an octahedron into a dodecahedron then back again in an infinite loop. His objects in the collection of the Museum Haus Konstruktiv also consist of Platonic solids. Appearing like classic still lifes, they are sometimes arranged as three- and sometimes two-dimensional objects. These works not only demonstrate the richness of mathematics and geometry as sources of artistic ideas and themes, they also inspire us to ponder serious philosophical questions. In his objects, illusions, and virtual forms produced by his extraordinary machines, Csörgő draws our attention to deeper realities in an often humorous way.
Dominique von Burg