Élet és Irodalom [Life and Literature], Budapest, 19 September 1970

Géza Perneczky: Three Exhibitions


The chapel exhibition in Balatonboglár
is an interesting episode in Lake Balaton’s cultural history. The local council converted a dilapidated chapel into a venue for poetry matinées, chamber concerts, studio exhibitions and group premiers. I would only single out one thing from the diverse flow of events, which I think will end this year with an exhibition of children’s drawings.

Gyula Pauer’s peculiar sculptural composition displayed at one of the group studio exhibitions is a noteworthy piece. It is a cube constructed from metal plates and polished bright; however, its surface suggests a completely different order of forms: the faces of the cube bear the broken surface of a crumpled and wavy object, which is another cube of the same dimensions, resembling a photograph. The image actually produced with a photographic process is formed by the raster points engraved into the polished surface.

The rigidness of the abstract forms is softened in the sculpture by the illusion of the more gentle images of life in motion. This idea, as well as its simple and effective implementation, must signify an important step in Pauer’s career with its future combinations anticipating a new direction on the path of sculpture operating with painterly effects.