Mark Fridvalszki

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Mark Fridvalszki
(1981, Budapest) / Lives and works in Berlin

Mark Fridvalszki graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2011 and was a post-graduate 'Meisterschüler' student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (HGB, 2014 - 2017). Fridvalszki is the co-initiator and graphic editor of the publishing project and cross-discipinary movement Technologie und das Unheimliche (or T+U, since 2014).

In Fridvalszki's most recent works he creates abstract geometries and 'immaterial' spaces that investigate the dramatic tensions between ruin-like atmospheres and a sentient materialism. An important feature of the artist's toolbar is an experimental approach towards different media: he mingles collages, wallpaper environments, found and manufactured objects, digital printing as well as other printing techniques into room filling installations. He remains strongly influenced by appropriation, subcultures, attitudes of romanticism and nostalgy as well as contemporary theories of materialism and media archeology.

The latest works (since 2018) explore distinct scenarios informed by a nostalgia for lost visions of the future. Where are the cultural escape routes from the polished world of consumerism and the digital corporate realm? In order to develop a sense for past escapist ideas, the ideas focus on utopic moments; radical/utopic architectural visions from the 70s alongside the optimistic instants and influential technologies of the 90s. What remains of these sub-/countercultural, revolutionary movements, is captured within damaged, entropic, low-resolution digital images and videos of that time. These references serve as the basis for the meta-collages, which are infiltrated with typographies, logos and contemporary visual symbols representative of the uncertain, increasingly dystopian techno-present. Bringing forth inherent links between Xerox photocopying and the punk subculture; DIY desktop publishing, offset print, CTP-technology, 3D animation and early techno culture. As an archaeological method, the works seek to explore the layers of past scenarios, to excavate underlying technological and cultural contexts. Simply put: to create "a chance meeting of geology and futurism on the dissecting table of techno culture".


2014 - 2017 Postgraduate "Meisterschüler" program, Academy for Visual Arst Leipzig (HGB) - Media Art (Prof. Helmut Mark, Kilian Schellbach)
2011 Diploma with distinction, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2008 - 2011 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna - Graphics, Painting (Prof. Gunter Damisch)
2004 - 2008 University of Applied Arts Vienna - Fine Arts, Graphics (Prof. Sigbert Schenk)


2009 - Membership of the Studio of Young Artist Association (FKSE), Budapest


2014 - Technologie und das Unheimliche (w/ Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes, Balázs Képli, András G. Varga, ...)
2010 - 2013 Silan (w/ János Iván Kárpáti) Vienna
2011 - 2013 Overmind (w/ Viktor Ódor) Berlin

Solo shows, projects (selection):

2019 Duo presentation at Miart w/ Horizont Gallery, Milano
2019 "An Out of this World Event IV." Horizont Gallery, Budapest
2019 "An Out of this World Event III." Karlin Studios, Prague
2018 Solo presentation at Paris Internationale w/ Horizont Gallery, Paris
2018 "An Out of this World Event II." LLPlatform, Budapest
2017 "Material Study (Sonic)" at Super+ Centercourt feat. Sam Conran, München
2017 "Take Me Back" feat. János Iván Kárpáti at Artkartell Projectspace, Budapest
2017 "9,81" Art+Text Gallery, Budapest
2016 "Dream, Relax & Dream" w/ Simon Elias Meier, Speculative Spaces, Leipzig
2016 "APPARATVS" w/ Aleksandr Delev, The Museum, Leipzig
2016 "New, Grey, Polished Chrome" Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2016 "Marshalling Inc." Operated by T+U, Zönoteka, Berlin
2015 "Only Ruins Left" HIT Gallery, Bratislava
2015 T+U vol. III. "Enigma" Booklet Launch & Show, Project Space Akademie Solitude, Stuttgart
2014 "O.T." public project w/ Tibor Horváth, Görlitzer Park, Berlin
2014 "Please mother, can't we go some place where there isn't any sky?" Labor, Budapest
2014 "Open the Horizon" Igor Metropol, Budapest

Group shows, projects (selection):

2019 "Conditio Inhumana" Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
2018 "Global Control and Censorship" Operated by T+U, MODEM, Debrecen (H)
2018 "Reading the Cities" Outdoor sculpture project around Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz, Leipzig
2018 "If you are manipulated, manipulate back!" Kunstverein Kunsthaus Potsdam (D)
2018 "Where Do We Go From Here" Galerie Miroslava Kubíka, Litomyšl (CZ)
2018 ":-(" D21 Kunstverein, Leipzig
2018 "DOME" Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin
2017 "Rosebuds - Hidden Stories of Things" D21 Kunstverein, Leipzig
2017 Shortlist at Esterházy Award, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
2017 "Leopold Blood Art Award 2017" New Budapest Gallery, Budapest
2017 "The Pit and the Pendulum" (OFF-Biennale II., 2017), Pécs (H)
2017 "Pseudo Display" (Gallery Weekend Budapest) Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2017 "Digital Sculpture" Studió Gallery, Budapest
2017 "Unseen" Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2017 Vienna Contemporary w/ Chimera-Project Gallery, Vienna
2017 Annual show at Academy for Visual Arst Leipzig (HGB), Leipzig
2016 "Interference" Trafó Gallery, Budapest
2016 "Neuro Gym - Reality Research Festival 2k16" organised by Kitchen Budapest, Budapest
2016 "Solstice" Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest
2016 "INTERMARIUM" BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz (PL)
2016 "Reality Research Festival" Budapest
2016 Vienna Contemporary w/ Chimera-Project Gallery, Vienna
2016 "The Portent of Light" Gallery Meetfatory, Prague
2016 "Volkshymne" Gallery Nod, Prague
2015 Shortlist at Esterházy Award, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
2015 "Inverz", Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
2015 "Bewahren Speichern Präsentieren" Lage Egal, Berlin
2015 T+U X Corporation "Insecurity State" (OFF-Biennale I., 2015), Lärm Club, Budapest
2015 "Enigma" Mzin, Leipzig
2015 "Accumulation of Matter" Lehrter 17, Berlin
2015 "Around Analogies" w/ T+U, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2014 "The Thunder Lizard Was Never Extinct" Zönotéka, Berlin
2014 "Geoscape" Artplacc, Tihany (H)
2014 Overmind at Sun Festival, Bánkitó Festival (H)
2014 "Pensive Pictures, Goodbye!" Higgs Field, Budapest
2014 Technologie und das Unheimliche / Fanzine Show, Higgs Field, Budapest
2014 "Raum Evolution II." w/ Dominika Trapp, Vlad Olariu, F56, Berlin
2013 "Patron" Studió Gallery, Budapest
2013 "Artplacc" w/ Dovin Gallery, Tihany (H)
2013 "Bastonnade Budapest" Design Terminál, Budapest
2013 Overmind at Sziget Fesztival, Budapest / SUN Festival, Bercel (H)
2013 "My Little Cloud" Dovin Gallery, Budapest
2013 "Budapest Art Expo 2013" Müvészetmalom, Szentendre (H)
2013 "Gemischter Satz" NÖ Dokumentationszentrum für Moderne Kunst, St.Pölten (A)
2012 "The Stars Look Different Today" Dovin Gallery, Budapest
2012 "SEJT" MODEM, Debrecen (H)
2012 "SEJT" Gödör, Budapest
2012 "Isolation" w/ Peter Lowas, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin
2012 "LOOP" Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
2012 "Lichenisierung" Moe, Vienna
2011 "Esterházy Art Prize" Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
2011 "Art Market" Igor Metropol, Budapest
2011 "Friss 2011" Kogart Gallery, Budapest
2011 "9th International Festival of Contemporary Art" Art Stays, Ptuj (Sl)
2011 "Budapest Áramlás" Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
2011 "Papír Panoráma" Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest

Awards, prizes:

2018 Working scolarship, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (KdFS), Leipzig
2017 Nomination for Leopold Bloom Art Award, Budapest
2017 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest
2015 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest
2015 Nomination for Eyal Zucker Prize
2015 Nomination for Artist of Year
2013 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest
2011 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest
2011 Solo Event, Studio Gallery, Budapest
2009 Nomination for Walter Koschatzky Kunstpreis, Vienna
2007 Vivatis Holding Award, A.H. "Brave New World", Vienna
2007 Stiegl Award, Vienna

AiR, projects:

2019 AiR Futura, Prague
2018 "7. Sympozium Litomyšl" Curated by Jan Zálešák, Litomyšl (CZ)
2018 "The Last Amazonian Congress" Curated by Lucia Tkáčová, Polana Forest (SK)
2018 Ebenböck-Haus, AiR, München
2018 Schafhof, AiR, Freising
2015 Meetfactory, AiR, Prague
2014 Igor Metropol, AiR, Budapest

Bibliography (selection):

Interview by Attila Sirbik, Új Művészet, online art magazine (hun), 2019
Images in Balkon 2018/04
Opening speech by Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, (hun), 2018
Images in Műértő Magazin/06, through, 2018
Text ("Nosztalgiakocka") by Márió Z. Nemes, Artkartell (hun), 2017
Interview/portrait, Trafó Blog, Artkartell (hun), 2017
About the group show "Interference" on Artportal, Artkartell, Art Viewer, Footnotes, ÉS (hun), 2016
Essay by Márió Z. Nemes, Artlocator/03 (en, hun), 2016
Two reprographies, Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine 2016/09
"INTERMARIUM", exhibition catalogue (pl, en), 2016
Opening Text by Tillmann J.A.,, online Art Magazine (hun), 2016
Essay by Attila Sirbik, Artmagazin offline art magazine (hun), 2016
Text by J.A. Tillmann, Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine (hun), 2016
Text by Szilvia Fekete, Élet és Irodalom Art Magazine (hun), 2016
Interview by Attila Sirbik, Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine (hun), 2016
Image in "Vapor", catalogue, Medialexicon / Faux Friends, 2016
Interview with T+U by Hajnal Szolga, Artportal (hun), 2015
T+U, Litera / Netnapló (hun), 2015
Interview by Szilvi Német, (hun), 2014
Two reprographies, Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine, 2013
"The Stars Look Different Today" by Emese Mucsi, Balkon 13/01, 2013
"Esterházy Art Prize" Uniqua, exhibition catalogue, 2011
"Wo der Pfeffer wächst" Kro Art Gallery, exhibition catalogue, 2009
"24th Triennial Exhibition of Graphic Art Miskolc" exhibition catalogue, 2008
"Brave New World" Vivatis Award, exhibition catalogue, 2007


© Mark Fridvalszki 2008 - 2019
Last Revision: 25 - 03 - 2019