SAMSTAG ALUMNI 2000

Károly Keserü
Born 1962, Budapest, Hungary

Things digital feature in the work of Károly Keserü although, in a sleight of hand, his paintings quote the pixilated surface of electronic imagery while simultaneously referencing the grid, postimpressionism and a variety of expressionisms. A diversity of perspectives and points of view merge into single images, and while this work displays a quotational aspect of sorts, it's clear that the quotational devices apparent in the painterly innovations of the late seventies and early eighties, were clunky by comparison with the smooth interstylistic conjunctions of late 90s neoretro.

In addition, Keseru has superimposed the cool ironies of postmodern inversion that privilege the 'other'  folk art and craft over the grid matrix of modernist aesthetics, toying with history by constructing a modernist/folkart hybrid he calls folkmodern, while simultaneously creating a conjunction out of the once great divide between art and craft.

James Moss from his Samstag catalogue essay, The World is not Enough
 
2000 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2000 MFA, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK 
1999 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne