Anna Torma’s medium is needlework. Part of post-feminist current (think Judy Chicago) aiming at challenging, re-defining skills traditionally associated with women in our Western culture. She creates a fantastical universe, imbued with myth and mystery, populated by creatures both real and imagined. The image of a garden is a reference to the Garden of Eden, as much as to those the artist visited. Thus memory of time and place weaves through her oeuvre.

Her son, Balint Zsako, chose watercolour as vehicle for his creative vision in this series, although he also uses photography, collage and ink drawings in his work. To say he’s unique is trivial – isn’t every artist? – but the unusual, different aspect of Zsako’s work is the meticulous execution, the attention to detail, the many archetypal references, and a strong sexual component. An underlying psychological discourse takes place in his original compositions, as well as a pictorial dialogue between the biological and the constructed that animate his art.

Both artists are great colourists, their palette rich and expressive, and wonderfully bold. Their works have been exhibited internationally, and Zsako has shown in Montreal numerous times, including during Papier 2014 fair.

 
ANNA TORMA & BALINT ZSAKO
Liens de sang

14 March - 18 April 2015

Espace Robert Poulin
Edifice Belgo, #411
372 Saint-Catherine Str. W.
514.910.8906
www.espacerobertpoulin.com(lien externe)

 

Image
Anna Torma
Party with Dionysos, 2011
Mixed media on canvas
185 x150 cm

 
Image
Anna Torma
Vanitas #2, 2011
Mixed media on canvas
166 x 88 cm

 
Image
Balint Zsako
Untitled, 2007
Ink and watercolour on paper
31 x 51 cm

 
Image
Balint Zsako
Untitled, 2008
Ink and watercolour on paper
41 x 31 cm

Photo credits: © Guy L’Heureux, 2015