Künstler / Projekt

MAGDA CSUTAK

Ausstellungstitel

Null und Etwas

Duration: 07. 03. - 18. 04. 2019

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Beschreibung - English

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The artworks and image groups of Magda Csutak (born in 1945 in Sfântu Gheorghe, Transylvania, Romania; has lived and worked in Vienna since 1977) build on one another. Their constitutive factor is a sensuous pleasure in experimentation and in the translation of mathematics into language via the visual arts. Csutak’s work is often visionary, coming before the theories behind it have actually been scientifically proven, as in the 15-piece image formula of 2002, which outlines her own cosmos. In 2006 and 2007 she attended the lectures of mathematician Rudolf Taschner in Vienna. There, in Euler’s Formula, she discovered “the most beautiful [of all] mathematical formulas.” A metaphor that not only Taschner makes use of, but which also touches the central nerve of Magda Csutak’s work. She constructs her own binary system, bringing together elements that would otherwise remain separate.

Three key parameters guide her creativity: the exploration of

This complex understanding is often expressed in the compact and dynamic form of the ellipse. In nature, this conic section, a closed structure of oval curves with a simple geometric definition, corresponds to the orbits of the planets around the sun. In this sense the ellipse has a poetic aspect. The elliptic form seems to resemble

The ellipse, by contrast, as an embodiment of the zero principle, is much more than mere aesthetic representation. In her artistic encodings, the zero also appears in equations, as a variable or in a sequence of prime numbers – whereby the artist considers zero to be one of them. Magda Csutak’s work engages in a constant exploration of areas that for a wider audience can only be conveyed with difficulty in language.

Andrea Kopranovic, 2019

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