Budapest, Hungary

 
 

This collage contains patterns from traditional Hungarian ornament as well as what I have observed as a contemporary Hungarian ornament of rectangular grids. These grids find their origins in the groundbreaking “op art” of Victor Vasarely, to the Rubik's Cube designed by Ernő Rubik, to the dome covering the entrance to the M4 subway station in Bikás Park. The incumbent president, Viktor Orbán, and his far-right Fidesz party, have been waging a culture war to decide what is appropriately “Hungarian.” The posters near the top represent the Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt, or Two-Tailed Dog Party, a protest movement that operates through satire to expose the reality behind the fraudulent elections that continue to elect Orban as prime minister. Elsewhere in the piece, among other items, you can find some of Budapest’s controversial monuments, graffiti, ruin pubs, Parliament, the Grand Synagogue, and three pieces of Hungarian cake.

2018-2019
89”x53.5”
Photo prints, fabric, ribbon, tulle, velvet, synthetic gems,  marbles, ceramic tiles, buttons, velvet, mirrors