Budapest

Atilla Szücs

Studio Gallery

Listing some of the elements Attila Szücs has employed in his work (Christmas lights, jewelry boxes, old postcards, Polaroids, rose petals, sugar cubes) puts one well on the way to sketching out a sensibility that takes the outside world into account while revealing itself in minutiae primarily culled from that ever-suspect category of the sentimental, a category that Szücs would unashamedly place on the heels of the sublime. Szücs’ repertoire of images is so potentially vast that it never overwhelms the quality of restraint in his work; rather, it suggests a considered and personal logic, albeit one that is never fully disclosed.

Szücs rarely presents these elements just as they are: they are sometimes lead or plaster casts, and are often stuck on canvas in the manner of clippings held by fridge magnets, their significance born of caprice. They start to work like a good story, told in a

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 1995 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.