Ágnes Lörincz

Loneliness sleeps under the clothes

5 October - 10 November 2023

Opening: 4 October 2023, 6 pm

Ágnes Lörincz (1959), a Hungarian artist who has been living in Germany since 1985, has not been exhibited in Hungary for almost 20 years.

One of the central themes of Lörincz's work is the projection of consumer society onto the individual, the world of advertising, fashion and lifestyle, and its social and political implications. His work mixes conceptual art, pop art and the "new wild". Her recent works, shown for the first time in Hungary at The Space, are self-reflexively infused with specific aspects of certain issues of women's roles.

Loneliness sleeps under the clothes her solo exhibition, the existential condition of loneliness and solitude, and its relationship to the external and material, which affects people of all ages and social strata today, is confronted in a contradictory way in her colourful, virtuoso paintings. On the one hand, our digital world has made it easier for us to communicate, yet man today is perhaps the most lonely in our history. As we have moved away from our roots and our existence in community, our connection to nature and our human bonds have become more superficial. Humans struggle with fears and beliefs, closing themselves off and trying to compensate for their abandonment with something: whether it be a desire to stand out, to escape into forced or substitute actions.

Lörincz draws from the pop-art tradition both intellectually and aesthetically. Her bright, pure-coloured images, reminiscent of consumer society fashion articles and fashion magazines, are an imprint of the alienation of modern society, and a protest against it. The introspective figures, the schematic portraits or the often faceless, mutilated deformities fill the surface alone, isolating themselves from each other. In the paintings, the representation of the body is relegated to the background, the focus of the images is on the empty garments: the cropping, the collage nature of the paintings and the pairing of the painting elements with textiles, or even the details of the clothes, reflect this alienation from appearances.