May 13, 2006 - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

GYURI HOLLÓSY:

KATHY B
New Outdoor Addition at the Grounds for Sculpture

Photographer: Gabriella Gyorffy

Gyuri Hollósy: Kathy B, 1994
cast bronze, 72" x 27" x 17"
The wonderful park of Grounds for Sculpture has nine new additions by eight artists; among them is Gyuri Hollósy's Kathy B, a figurative work that captures a fleeting dance movement in bronze


Gyuri Hollósy is descended from two turn of the century Hungarian painters, Simon Hollósy and Csontváry Tivadar Kosztka. Gyuri’s Hungarian parents emigrated to Germany in 1945, where he was born in Bad-Aibling in 1946.  In the mid 1950’s his family left Germany to settle in Cleveland, Ohio. His preteen (10-12) summers were spent at a camp held at a Hungarian Franciscan monastery outside of Buffalo, New York.  These wonderful men provided a safe haven to the children of Hungarian immigrants. It was during one of these summers he witnessed the building of a new chapel at the monastery and he observed a Franciscan priest draw images of the saints into large oak pillars with forge-heated pokers. The smell, the visuals of the hot coals in the hearth and the marvelous creations they created, ignited in him the spark to be an artist.

He began his education and practice of sculpture by apprenticing to Hungarian sculptor Frank Varga from Detroit, Michigan. After completing his education and five and half years of military service with the U.S. Coast Guard he continued his career as a teacher and has taught at a number of schools, among them Tulane University in New Orleans, Washington University in St. Louis and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.  In the late '80s he and his wife moved to New Jersey to work for the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture as an instructor, an academic administrator and gallery director.

In the past 30 years, Hollósy has been awarded major commissions, including: Aspirations for Liberty, Boston, MA; Our Heritage, New Orleans, LA; The Family, Peoria, AZ; Cardinal Mindszenty Memorial, Cleveland, OH; and the Hungarian War Memorial in North Olmstead, OH.

Additionally, he has received several exhibition awards and grants.
(Artist Résumé)

Excerpts from the Grounds for Sculpture Spring/Summer Exhibitions Catalogue by Maggie Nijander-Brock, Education Manager:

As a sculpture Gyuri Hollósy has been endlessly captivated with exploring and developing new approaches to the classical human figure, specifically the female form. Hollósy's love and fascination with Medieval armor has subconsciously influenced him over the years.

Thin overlapping pieces of cast metal are reminiscent of armor plates and allow the viewer to experience the juxtaposition of the interior and exterior spaces.

He notes that with Kathy B, the unique positioning of the torso allowed him "to portray a wide spectrum of human emotion through a dancer's gestures, lines and position." The artist also states, "The female figure is important, as it is through this muse that I find the grace and fluidity of the form."

For more information please visit:
www.hollosy.com and www.groundsforsculpture.org


While visiting the Grounds for Sculpture, as you are leaving Domestic Arts
Building, Museum Shop and Café
, turn to the right and in the next building
you may find Gyuri Hollósy in his studio:

Gyuri Hollósy stands by his proposed 1956 Revolution Memorial
maquette for Washington, D.C.

"I am experimenting with figures not defined by a rigid top and a bottom. These sculptures can be in from 5 to 9 different positions, each as powerful as another within its given space. Some of the changes are great and some are subtle, but all are significant in the emotional response felt by the viewer." - says Gyuri Hollósy about his variations of movement


Kinetic Sculpture is in focus at the
Spring /Summer 2006 Grounds for Sculpture Exhibitions
on display until September 24, 2006

Indoor kinetic sculptures by George Rickey (1907-2002)

and

MomentuM: selections form the Kinetic Art Organization

Montage of some of the sculptures at MomentuM

The 35-acre sculpture park offers tranquil walk among
more than 230 contemporary sculptures, museums, gardens,
water features, cafes, and restaurants...