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Zoltan Gerliczki's Cybernetic Organisms

Zoltan Gerliczki, Impossible optical art images (circles), 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Zoltan Gerliczki and Shine Huang: No Further Explanation

Curated by The Art:Design Project

Through October 31, 2021 

By PETRA MASON, October 2021

Set adrift, seemingly without anchor or mooring, Atlanta based, Hungary born artist Zoltan Gerliczki seized recent global circumstances to accelerate his existing online platform and is emerging as a consummate artist breaking boundaries between the various mediums he works within.

By joining forces with Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, the designer and curator behind The Art:Design Project, Zoltan’s recent body of work, Impossible Optical Art Images (Circles) (2021), continues the artist’s exploration of the digital unknown. "Optical illusions that will make your brain hurt," quips the artist. 

"Zoltan is constantly looking to create new art using brain (humanity) and technology (machine)," says the Miami based curator, and Zoltan’s dealer, Arcila-Duque. 

Zoltan Gerliczki, Still Life with Tomatoes, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

The artist's cybernetic organisms -- or information systems -- frequently feature fractured human and organic elements, classical references to the Dutch Masters, Michelangelo, or Dante.  

Mechanical or technological collisions of art and technology, evident in Zoltan’s art, create his Cyborg style -- like an early astronaut in orbital flight, a human combined with his spaceship machines, with an umbilical connection to the planet.

"Zoltan’s work is full of colours and dreams that reflect his anxiety to explore the digital universe," continues Arcila-Duque.  

His current online exhibition titled No Further Explanation (ends October 31st) presents Gerliczki and photographer Shine Huang both using everyday objects to create images intended to ask more questions than to offer answers. ‘No Further Explanation’ will be followed by Collage, Color and Fantasy, also curated by The Art:Design Project featuring color photographs by Emma Anna, Marco Colleti, Kevin Krag and Gerliczki. 

Zoltan Gerliczki, Celestial bodies, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Zoltan’s seminal work Celestial bodies, digital collages that provide a contemporary take on Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement, showcase a series of over 350 collages featuring every character painted by Michelangelo replaced by a naked Zoltan. The images present the nudity in the original version of Michelangelo’s masterpiece referencing, in part, questions surrounding  Michelangelo’s sexuality. 

Aside from the general anatomical exploration of the human form, there is also a personal search of the artist’s awareness of his own body’s transformation over the course of a number of years - the photos in the work were taken over a period of more than a decade. WM 

Petra Mason

Cultural historian and vintage photography book author published by Rizzoli New York. Founder Obscure Studio and ArtHit. Whitehot arts and culture contributor since 2016.

Photography by (c) Thekiso Mokhele / Obscure Studio


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