Kocsis’ Magnetic Fields is grounded in both fiction and formalism. The work is a chaotic and visually charged deconstruction between figurative and abstract art where various styles collide and create newfound relationships on the canvas plane. Kocsis’ goal is to push her artistic limits by raising the interaction between abstraction and representation with a keen interest in unfolding the implications of the structural and theoretical formations within the painting process. The starting point of the works are images taken from various media (films, magazines, video-games, Internet, etc.) where the representational images are removed from their original meaning through the painting process, and become fragmented to create subtle illusionary spatial structures. The expressive brush strokes, drip marks, colors, lines, drawings and the layered collage-like structures convey a rhythmic application of paint. The tension between the styles of painting and the subject matter converge as an existential landscape.
Kocsis is a Canadian painter born in Hungary. She moved to the UK and learned English in Brixton and after two years there, relocated to Montreal in 1990 to pursue her education at Concordia University Fine Arts. After moving to Vancouver in 1994 she exhibited large scale multimedia installations and screened several videos nationally. In 2000 she started to paint again, integrating abstract and figurative elements. She received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2005 and has dedicated herself to painting since then.
She is a recipient of a Canada Council Assistance to Visual Artists – Project Grant in 2010 and spent 5 months researching and creating in Paris and Berlin. She also received a Canada Council Assistance to Visual Artists – Travel Grant and she mounted her first European solo show in Geneva, Switzerland for the Geneva Art Biennale. Her 2014/15 exhibition calendar includes two solo exhibitions in Alberta, Canada as well as solo exhibitions in Hungary and Finland. Brigitta Kocsis lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Brigitta Kocsis’ Magnetic Fields exhibits in the Main Gallery from September 18th to October 17th, 2014. Her opening reception is on September 18th, from 8 – 10 pm, with her artist talk occurring the same evening at 7:30 pm.