2021. 05. 04.
Relax 1/3, Lightbox, 1998

RAVASZ ANDRÁS (1959)

"In my work I deal with sounds determined by 'coloured noises'. One part of my project is the presentation of computer music produced by these sounds, which I call colour music. The sound material inspired me to visualise the possibilities of visual associations it contains... Since the inspiration was the concrete experience of the coloured music, I could call the images that appear in its wake 'visual underpinnings'." András Ravasz

He graduated as an engineer from the Bánki Donát Technical College in 1991. In 1989 he was a founding member of the Újlak Group together with several other previously exhibited artists of the Irokéz Collection. For many years he was the organizer of the exhibition space at 72 Tűzoltó Street, Budapest. Initially he was mainly involved in painting, but in the 1990s he became increasingly interested in digital art. He created videos, sound installations, visual design and music for contemporary dance performances. In 1997 he founded the non-profit contemporary gallery U. F. F. He has participated in several Artist in Residency programs: in The Netherlands, Austria and England.

Today he is a freelance media artist creating media installations, sound installations for contemporary music, experimental videos, photography, theatre sets and radio shows. His work is characterised by an exploration of the interplay between electronic music and image. An excellent example of the diversity of his art is his work Edible Money, a silkscreen print of a wafer with chocolate, a five hundred forint note. In another musical work his favourite performers are heard in a peculiar way: 'I have collected all the musical performers I have liked in my life, which appear in random order. Interesting constellations emerge as performers who are distant in time and style are juxtaposed to suggest musical influences never before thought of." In some of his installations, he "experiments with visual and plastic representations of sound." The so-called "coloured noises" he has created were presented at Trafó in the exhibition 2001: science + fiction.

Several of his works are on display at the Irokéz Collection's exhibition in Veszprém in the Dubniczay Palace: Marked Smoke Rings (acrylic, duct tape, canvas, 1991), Music Puzzle (interactive installation with stand, 2005), Shine Baby Shine (oil on paper, 1996), Relax 1/3 (light box, 1998).

The green and red dials of the Relax lightbox have the word Relax enlarged and slightly distorted, with a km/h counter in the middle. Lightboxes, these backlit images appeared in the visual arts in the 1960s and as Orsolya Hegedűs writes in her study, the lightbox, although a still image belongs to the realm of media art by its creation and form. This type of solution is also often found in public advertising, as it is very eye-catching. András Ravasz's work is already spectacular because of the colours and the backlighting makes it even more so.

His installation Music Puzzle is a sound puzzle where the surface is made up of sixteen manually activated parts, each of which when touched produces the sound of an instrument. When all the instruments have been played, the 'quote', an excerpt from Stravinsky's The Firebird is composed. The order of playing is created by the visitor.

The artist exhibits regularly not only in Hungary but also abroad. (e.g. Brussels, Paris, Chicago) In 2020 he was featured in the Robert Capa Centre's Eight Weeks exhibition, which explored how people lived through the first eight weeks of the pandemic during the quarantine period last year.

In Hungary he is represented by Inda Gallery.

András Ravasz
András Ravasz
András Ravasz