Faces instead of Names
by Szabolcs Bozó
This catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Faces Instead Of Names' by Szabolcs Bozó, on view at Palazzo Cavanis, Venice, from July 14 to September 24, 2023.
If Bozó’s creatures are in dialogue with liquid form, forever morphing and shapeshifting, they do this with one eye on the history of modernist painting and another on the artistic psychology of form and formlessness. Bodies that appear and disappear have a long history in surrealist painting for example. (Think of Asger Jorn or Jean Dubuffet or Max Ernst, to mention just a few mid-century artists.) And a more fluid, impasto technique has become evident in Bozó’s recent paintings, with the artist mixing materials such as sand into the medium, shifting from the flatter style of earlier paintings to make the texture and materiality of the paint more emphatic.