Marton Perlaki – Both Eyes Open
Perlaki expands his kaleidoscopic practice into deeper forays within abstraction, process and the unconscious.
Beginning from a place of self-reflection and analysis of family dynamics, Hungarian artist Perlaki’s work gradually dissolved into circles of ever-widening dimensions, encompassing drawing, collage, photograms and chance, freed from direct representation.
At once a rumination and desire to dissolve boundaries between finished photographic works and the processes of their creation, the title Both Eyes Open refers to Perlaki’s blindness within the darkroom, to cameraless methods creating shapes and forms that elide categorisation, and to his embracing of the relationship between intention and accident. Both Eyes Open is both an exploration of artistic curiosity and process, coupled with an interest in the similarities and connections between abstraction and representation.
- Marton Perlaki (b. 1982) is a visual artist who works primarily in photography. Originally from Budapest, he attended Bàlint György Press Academy (with a major in photojournalism) and Budapest University of Theater and Film Studies, where he graduated with a master‘s degree in cinematography in 2011. His first book, Elemer, was published by Loose Joints in 2016. His latest solo exhibition Soft Corners was shown at Trafo Gallery Budapest in 2020-21. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Paul Huf Award and was one of Foam’s 2015 New Talents. Marton lives and works in London.
300pp, 225 × 265 mm, 317 photos
OTA-bound softcover on multiple paper stocks
Designed with Angélique Pilière
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