allan nederpelt presents Tamas Veszi, The Squirrel and the Burning Bush.
This exhibition is multi-media artist, Tamas Veszi’s solo debut and will present oil on linen paintings from 2004/2007. Exploring, reworking, and mapping mythologies of the psyche, these paintings document a young artist’s coming of age.
Having grappled the complexities of assimilating his new American identity while growing up in communist Hungary in a Jewish family of artists and entrepreneurs, Veszi approaches the dichotomy of his old and new cultures with humor, depth, and honesty. The paintings have a provisionality in the rendering that is reminiscent of sketchbook doodles mixed with a symbolist feeling of metaphysics of the image. The soft colors and blurred edges of characters exist within a hierarchy of importance through relativity and disruption as they merge into one another.
The titles serve as reminders, poetic references to tales that will be related only as pictographs. The image of contemporary society is re-rendered through the imagination and transformed through the metaphorical logic of a mystic.
Tamas Veszi received his MFA at Brooklyn College in 2006 under the guidance of Elizabeth Murray and Vito Acconci. He received his BFA at Pratt at 2000. He also trained in Florence for two years at the Institutto Per L’Arte e II Restauro. Veszi currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.