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BALINT BOLYGO

biography

Balint Bolygo was born in Pécs, Hungary in 1976. He graduated at University of Edinburgh (MA in Fine Arts), United Kingdom in 2001. Bolygo is a member of International Kepes Society.
He lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Bolygo’s work examines the similarity between the artistic and scientific mind. His work explores how both minds are motivated by the same need to discover/uncover, and turn the resulting ideas into beautiful totalities.

Bolygo’s creations examine artistic practice as a process of invention, science and engineering. The innovation of mechanical instruments gives rise to a function and an event that unlike with other machines, is not resolute. There is a kind of freedom in relying on the unknown and on the irrational. The various machines, compelled by unseen forces become autonomous and independently investigate the process of creation. The relationship between the cyclic and predictable nature of the machine and the unpredictability of the human touch conjures up both notions of random chaos and universal order. With the elimination of the artist’s touch, natural universal forces become the artwork’s creators and the em- phasis shifts towards the ‘act of creation’ as the object of beauty.

SELECTED solo EXHIBITIONS

2011 ‘Filament’ Galeria Delloro, Berlin, Germany
2011 ‘Microcosmos’ Canary Wharf, London, UK
2010 ‘Bacchus’ Hungarian Cultural Centre, Covent Garden, London
2010 ‘Bacchus’, 100% Design, Earls Court, London, UK
2009 ‘Pulsar’, International Biennale, Feszek Club, Budapest, Hungary
2009 ‘Viennafair’, Raday Gallery, Vienna Art Fair, Austria
2008 ‘Mikrokosmos’, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, UK
2005 ‘Mappings’, Long and Ryle Gallery, London, UK
2003 ‘Soft Machines’, Hiscox Art Projects, London, UK
2003 Etchings and Photographic Prints, Müvészek Háza, Szombathely, Hungary

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 The Face of the Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK
2011 ‘Theory of Everything’, The Core Gallery, London, UK
2011 ‘Lexus Art Fair’, Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia
2011 ‘Il Mondo Capovolto’, Galeria Delloro, Rome, Italy
2011 ‘Kinetica Art Fair’, P3 Exhibition Centre, University of Westminster, London, UK
2010 ‘Kineticstep’ Step09 Art Fair, The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science, Milan, Italy
2010 ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, The Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK
2010 ‘Light-art biennial Linz’ International Light-art Biennial, Linz, Austria
2010 ‘Ultra’ Colomb Art Gallery, London, UK
2010 ‘Locus Solus’ Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2010 ‘Reflections/Refractions’ International Kepes Exhibition, House of Arts, Pecs, Hungary
2010 ‘Viennart’, Vienna Art Fair, Raday Gallery Budapest, Vienna, Austria
2010 ‘Mind Over Matter’, Phoenix Gallery / Kinetica , Exeter, UK
2010 ‘Kinetica Art Fair’, P3 Exhibition Centre, University of Westminster, London, UK
2009 ‘Budapest Art Fair’, Faur Zsofi –Raday Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2009 ‘In Praise of Shadows’, London Design Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2009 ‘Kinetica Art Fair’, P3 Exhibition Centre, University of Westminster, London, UK
2009 ‘Lightwave: Defy the Darkness, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2008 ‘Creatures Great and Small’, A22 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2008 ‘Creatures Great and Small’, Kinetica, Rove Gallery, London, UK
2004 ‘Playing Dead I’, Long and Ryle Gallery, London, UK
2004 ‘Remote Control’, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2002 New Contemporaries: Liverpool Biennale – Barbican Centre, London, UK
2002 ‘Drawing Room’, Traveling Gallery, Scotland, UK
2001 Collaboration with David March RA, A.T.Kearney Ltd. Berkeley Sq, London, UK
2000 57th International FIDEM, Goethe Institute Museum, Weimar, Germany
1999 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, UK

Commissions

2010 ‘Aurora’, Site specific, Bethnal Green Old Town Hall Hotel, London, UK
2000 British Art Medal Society (medal commission for autumn) – 2001 publication ‘The Medal’
1999 Public sculpture ‘Uprooted Tree’, George Square Gardens, University of Edinburgh, UK

Awards

Sherborne House, Colour & Chemistry Bursary
2002 Royal Scottish Academy: John Kinross Scholarship to Florence
2001 Andrew Grant Bequest for distinguished work
2000 Nancy MacDugald Award, Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition
2000 FIDEM Federation Internationale de la Medaille Student Travel Grant
2000 British Art Medal Society Student Conference Grant
1999 National British Art Medal Exhibition, Niagara Falls Casting, Second Prize