Nicodim Gallery presents Yesterday’s Heroes, Tomorrow’s Fools - an exhibition of new paintings by Romania-born Hungarian artist, Zsolt Bodoni and his first US solo show.
Bodoni’s darkly brooding paintings are tangibly atmospheric. For him, the tangled politics of his region’s history are especially poignant. As an ethnic Hungarian growing up in Romania during the last years of Ceausescu’s dictatorship, Bodoni was part of a unique generation that knew communism in childhood and experienced its disintegration and the transition into democracy in early adulthood; but he was also part of a minority group that suffered - if not persecution - then discrimination at the hands of the fiercely nationalistic Ceausescu.
While Bodoni’s works are inspired by a strongly narrative element grounded in the context of his own personal experience and history, much of his painting is devoid of figuration and extraneous detail. Large areas are left undefined, empty of fuss and unnecessary congestion. Bodoni isn’t frightened to leave these dark holes for us to peer into and struggle through. His sweeping brushstrokes pick us up again if we lose ourselves for too long, but the shadows that remain a constant fixture of his paintings, are never very far behind us.
[Excerpts from the press release]
[Image: Zsolt Bodoni, "Stalin's Head", 2008]