For its inaugural exhibition, Ana Cristea Gallery is delighted to present The Foundries of Ideology - an exhibition of new paintings by the young Hungarian artist, Zsolt Bodoni (b. 1975) and his first solo show in New York. Bodoni has become increasingly recognized on the international stage for his richly atmospheric and vigorously painted canvases that dramatically evoke the violent struggles of Hungary's past. For Bodoni, an ethnic Hungarian who grew up in Romania during the last years of Ceausescu's dictatorship, the tangled politics of his region's history are especially poignant.
Bodoni has become increasingly concerned with and focused on the monuments of Communism. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bodoni's works provide us with a revealing insight into the commanding presence and sinister implications of a type of sculpture intended to inspire or affirm the prowess of a victorious army or people. Additionally, the artist's paintings address the ideological implications that accompany the decision to erect or remove a particular figure or symbol from a public place; for there is something terribly poignant about the image of a statue that has been consigned to storage or is in the process of being shipped to a foundry for 'recycling'. Without confronting 'head on' the horors of war, or the fervor of revolution, Bodoni nonetheless succeeds in evoking it in this exhibition of powerful new works.