Waste Union, Cemetery, Latvia, 2008, Pigment print on Alu Dibond, 100 x 84 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest and the artist
Waste Union, Dump, Romania, 2007, Pigment print on Alu Dibond, 100 x 84 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest and the artist
Waste Union, Cable Burner, Hungary, 2007, Pigment print on Alu Dibond, 100 x 84 cm,
© the artist, courtesy Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest and the artist

Gábor Arion KudászWaste Union

 

The idea for Waste Union is derived from Kudász’s former landscape series. The artist’s landscapes are vast still lifes on the edges of populated land and open areas, with all the material things that may well be seen as signs of the negative effect of humanity on nature. The absurdity of his pictures stems from the subject itself and the manner of representation. Waste Union is a document of utopia. It is not an image of the future, but rather a pile of ruins – a view of the distorted present. It seems anachronistic and immoral to separate inhabited land from nature. Cultivated landscapes are not different from lands left intact, for the boundaries between the two have been dissolved. The influence of urbanization is present in open lands more vividly than in carefully levelled inner cities. Open space is excessively wasted, yet it could become the ultimate resource of urban existence, a natural source. The inflation of space is the most visible at the front lines of the expanding city, where different populated areas collide. The memory of garbage heaps are presented everywhere, unifying our contemporary landscape. The time for a hopeful utopia is gone.

Gabriella Uhl (based on a text by Gabriella Csizek)