Bence Magyarlaki

Bence Magyarlaki is a Hungarian artist (b. 1992) currently based in Lisbon. He graduated with First Class Honours-from BA Fine Art (Hons) at Central Saint Martins, London in 2017. His latest body of work has been supported by Third Base Artist Residency, Lisbon. His work was nominated for The MullenLowe NOVA Awards (2017), and The International Takifuji Art Award (2017). He has been exhibiting in Lisbon and London with PADA Studios (2019), The Swith Gallery, UX Art Space (Lisbon, 2018), and Saatchi Gallery, Gasworks Gallery and Copeland Gallery (London, 2017) among other exhibitions.

Magyarlaki’s sculpture and installation work explores the tension between architectural containment and the gestural, social body. In the intuitive process of uniting architectural and body language, the artist uses body memory as his site of production. Each shape therefore is an expression of a sensation remembered or revisited, often referencing the intimacy of one’s own body, or its relatedness and relative position to another. While the sculptures are made of hard casting materials used in architecture to create walls, separations and surfaces (concrete, plaster) the final shapes perform bends and twists alien to the physical properties of these materials. This softness and malleability is more than a trick of sensations. It is an invitation the reconsider the fixity of form, it is an expression of a dynamic capacity for movement or change. Instead of considering the body as oppressed by architecture – that appears here as a representation of societal control – the artist is proposing the body’s transformative potential within itself and on the societal structures that control and police its desires. The sculptures offer an invitation for a more tactile, corporeal relationship with the object of art and the viewer, themselves acting like social bodies with desires and repressions.

Education
2014 – 2017 BA (Hons) Fine Art – 1st Class Honours – Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London
2013 – 2014 Moving image and media design, 91. Stúdió, Budapest, Hungary

Nominations
The MullenLowe NOVA Awards, nominated 2017
The International Takifuji Art Award, nominated 2017

Exhibitions and films
SOLO
2020
Foco Gallery, Lisbon
Martch Art Project, Istanbul

GROUP
2019
In Limen, Memory – Teatro Romano, Lisbon
Recreational Grounds, London
S2 Third Base Residency Exhibition – Third Base Studios, Lisbon
Capitulo I. – Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita (AMAC), Barreiro

2018
Open studio exhibition, PADA Studios, Lisbon
Feedback group exhibition, The Switch Gallery, Lisbon
Anexo 6, Lisbon
UX deconstructed – curated by Carolina Grau, UX Art Space, Lisbon
Instants Between Now, documentary film on Ines Zenha commissioned by La Junqueira Artist Residency, Lisbon
Mapping Violence, documentary commissioned by #MoocLive Centre Virchow-Villerme in collaboration with Université Descartes, Paris

2017
Twilly’s Minimalist Playground – Saatchi Gallery, London Degree Show I. – Central Saint Martins College, London
Big Space – Central Saint Martins College , London
Painting Beyond Itself – 14TH CINEMA, London (curator)
Film in Performance | Performance in Film – 14TH CINEMA, London (curator)

2016
Scriptless Film, Gasworks Gallery, London (curator and artist)
Sound & Vision, Copeland Gallery, London

Residencies
Jardin Rouge Residency, Marrakesh, December-January, 2019
Third Base Artist Residency, Lisbon, January-April, 2019

Fairs
Contemporary Istanbul, 2019
Young Generation Art Fair, Budapest, 2019