Art Colony 2010


Sara Berti (IT) World of Iren, 2010, projector installation


The Clean Room as a Work of Art

The clean rooms of the 15th Art Colony of Cered are ravishingly rich. But not in the usual sense of the word, as it is not about riches horded up in magical proportions. It is rather the richness of the multiple layers of meaning these works of art have.

Sánta László (H) Summary, 2010, installation

Firstly, the clean room itself. The notion of the clean room takes us back into the past, to times when this room still had its original function; it was a room that was not used every day. The second layer being the way this tradition has changed over the years. People began to use this room, at the same time keeping its clean character with its simple furnishings. The third layer came when the artists attending the colony got to choose the clean room they wanted to work in. Or rather the room they wanted to work ON. As it was not simply a place to work at that the artists needed, but also the transcendent power, the tangible tradition this room embodies. This historical tradition was processed
during the art colony session. The artists turned this space into their own works of art through the so called site-specific installations created to exist in this place. The fourth layer came when two artists further developed this work
of art by taking photographs of the finished clean rooms. This way these immobile works of art became mobile, to be exhibited and accessible to others. This means that the exhibited photographs serve not only as photos but also as documentation, which serves as proof of a living tradition that has undergone some change processed by contemporary artists.  So the program of the 15th art colony of Cered is unique and so are the finished works of art.

Kalmár István – Sinkó István (H) Clean Room, 2010, painting installation

And we should not lose sight of the fact that for an art colony of this kind, or any cultural initiative for that matter, to celebrate its 15th jubilee is a unique feat in itself. Being located far from the big noise of the capital and other busy “art capitals” does not mean that the colony is isolated or out of touch, it means seclusion and the opportunity to be absorbed in one’s work,
which has its own rewards. The peace and quiet of the countryside is stimulating, and the artists used the opportunity, fulfilling the expectations and hopes of those, who put believed in the success of this initiative and provided financial support or helped the program in other ways.
Being absorbed in your work has its own rewards. All we have to do now is to enjoy these rewards, enjoy these works of art together.


Zoltán Somhegyi art historian












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