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  • RED GALLERY 1-3 Rivington Street London, England, EC2A 3DT United Kingdom (map)

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 19:03

The video installation arises from an iconography of Virgin Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Representation of the holy scenes paraphrases the story using biological expressions and naturalistic attributes like liturgical objects, monstrance or relics that visually and symbolically enhance biological theory of Virgin Mary conception and lighten the dogma of this most important Christian scene. 

Matus Lanyi has spent two months on the residency at Red Gallery London as part of exchange program with KAIR - Kosice Artis In Residence program. In the frame of “European Capital of Culture” the NGO “Kosice 2013” developed an international artist-in-residency-program for emerging artists from all over the world and out of all artistic disciplines and expressions. 

Matúš Lányi was born in 1981 in Slovakia. Since 2000 until 2007 he studied on Department of Fine Arts and Intermedia, Faculty of Arts at Technical University in Košice in the Atelier of graphic and experimental creation (prof. Rudolf Sikore and Zbyněk Prokop). He exhibitions were held in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France.

He can develop Christian topics that are the starting point of European art with a certain detachment and with the help of understandable and contemporary visual language. He shifts the timeless ideas into new contexts and thus reflects on problems of the contemporary world. It could seem that his works incorporate irony and sarcasm as a criticism of religion or Catholic Church, Lányi, however, as a religious person, does not want to shock in terms of a cheap effect, on the contrary, he brings a different perspective and offers spectators a space to meditate.

Video Installation Private View 

Monday 2nd June from 7pm 

Public Viewing 

Tuesday 3rd June 1pm - 7pm 

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