Hungarian Artists, Friends ‘Share Space’

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20, The Gallery at UTA will present “Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy,” an exhibition that features two Hungarian-born artists who “share space” in both the literal and metaphysical sense. The exhibition runs through Feb. 14.

Longtime friends, Plachy and Beck, are collaborating with a selection of works from their independent careers that demonstrate a shared poetic approach. Both artists create evocative photographic images that convey a similar, often dream-like aesthetic while using very different subjects, mediums and methods, said Gallery Curator Benito Huerta.

Plachy, an award-winning photographer based in New York, captures humanistic vignettes with her camera that express her unique viewpoint through subtle choices of subject and focus. Beck, currently a visiting senior lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at UTA, creates films and photo-based works by digitally combining and reworking imagery, and experimenting with printing techniques and surfaces to convey his thoughtful, meditative vision.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1963, Beck is known internationally as an artist, director, cinematographer and photographer. He graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Theater and Film with a Masters in Cinematography, and he received a Soros Foundation scholarship to attend Miami University of Ohio where he earned his MS in Communication in 1993. A member of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC) since 1994, he has received numerous awards for his work in film and television, including Best Camera Work at the 2005 Kamera Hungaria Festival and an Award of Merit from the Hungarian Academy of the Arts. He has participated in extensive exhibitions in Hungary, as well as in New York, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Berlin, Germany.

Plachy was also born in Budapest, where she lived until she was 13 years old. After the Hungarian Revolution, she immigrated to New York with her parents, where she studied at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute, earning her BFA in 1965. She lives and works in New York where she was a staff photographer for The Village Voice from 1974-2004. Her photo essays have also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune and Art Forum. She has published six books, one of which received the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Best Publication in 1990. She is also the recipient of numerous other important awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in1977, a Lucie Award in 2004 and the Dr. Erich Solomon Prize from the German Photographic Society in 2009. Her work can be found in prestigious collections such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

In association with the exhibition, Plachy will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 12:30 pm in The Gallery. There will be a reception on Friday, Jan. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. with brief remarks by both artists. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2014-2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington and Nerwin & Martin.

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