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Attila Csörgö

Galerija Gregor Podnar

The beauty of mathematics is not something one often considers when walking through Berlin’s galleries. Attila Csörgö’s show “Magnet Spring” was an exception. The Hungarian artist, born in 1965, visualizes physical forces in settings resembling experiments, making their complex nature graspable in a simple but not simplistic way. In 2007, he showed a groundbreaking piece that crystallizes his approach to the mathematic arts: Untitled (1 tetrahedron + 1 cube + 1 octahedron = 1 dodecahedron), 2000. On a metal rack one can see a cube, a pyramid, and a double pyramid made of thin wooden sticks. Then they start to move: Attached to the wood are strings, which small motors move and thus pull the wood apart. It all seems random until the sticks come together to form a dodecahedron. Csörgö uses such Platonic solids to create a tension between the abstract, perfect order of geometric forms and the

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