An interview with
aka. Zsolt Asztalos An interview by Dario Rutigliano, curator and Katherine C. Wilson, curator email@example.com
The work of Zolt Asta (aka. Zsolt Asztalos) rejects any concentional classification in the categories of contemporary art: playing with the uncertain equilibrium between opposite cocepts, as reality and fiction, identity and perceptions, his multidisciplinary production provides the viewers of a multilayered experience that, rejecting any explanatory strategy, urges us to challenge the way we relate to the notion of significance. One of the most convincing aspect of Asta's work is the way its manifold nature conveys a wide variety of concepts inviting us to force their perceptual nature to unveil unexpected mutual relationships. We are very pleased to introduce our readers to his refined artistic production. Hello Zolt and welcome to ART Habens: I would start this interview, posing you a couple of questions about your background. You have a solid formal training and you degreed at the Painting Department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts: how has this experience influenced your evolution as an artist? Moreover, how does the cultural substratum of the rich traditional hungaric heritage impacted on the way you relate yourself to art making? Do you recognize any contrast between Tradition and Contemporariness?
expressing my ideas. Already at that young age the idea was the most important, but I felt I needed a tool to visualize it.
Indeed, tradition has had a big effect on me. Before I applied to the Academy, at the age of 16-18 I was fascinated by classical art. I did not only study the great forefathers but also tried to follow them in some respects. That time the Academy required classical drawing and painting skills at the entrance exam. We had to draw portraits, nudes, interiors and landscapes for two weeks. It was a good school where I learned the basic tools for making fine art. It was not only a requirement but also a conscious commitment from my part. At the age of 15 I decided to learn to draw and paint to have a tool in my hands for
The answer to the other question is that in many ways there is a big difference between Tradition and Contemporary Art. Even between the beginning and the end of the twentieth century there is a huge leap. In contemporary art pure thoughts and theoretical concepts have a much bigger role than visual aesthetics, and the appearance of aesthetics can only be understood in a completely different value system. This