DIANE SOPHRIN: NEW WORKS AND FREE ASSOCIATIONS. DIALOGS WITH ATTILA JÓZSEF

DIANE SOPHRIN: NEW WORKS AND FREE ASSOCIATIONS
DIALOGS WITH ATTILA JÓZSEF

Diane Sophrin - New Works and Free Associations. 1   Diane Sophrin - New Works and Free Associations. 2

Diane Sophrin’s latest solo exhibition at the Ferencvárosi Historical Museum in Budapest, runs from September 14th through October 14, 2017. The opening ceremony took place on September 22nd.

This newest body of work is comprised of three interconnected projects: the Wetted Scrolls Series, Postcards from Attila József and Dialogs with Attila József. The latter two relate directly to the poetry of Attila József (József Attila in Hungarian name order) one of the most famous and beloved Hungarian poets of the 20th century. This poet, although not so familiar to the English speaking world, is astonishingly pertinent to our world today. 

These works, along with my comments and the poems of Attila József ás well, can be found on this site here, and here. The image of each work is linked to it’s own page where the relevant poem can be read in English translation as well as the original Hungarian. 

The opening lecture was presented by Dr. Ferenc Takács; critic, literary translator, literary historian, associate professor at ELTE’s Department of Anglo-Saxon Studies, and President of the James Joyce Society of Hungary.

György Orbán, founder of the Ráday Könyvesház Bookstore, publisher and littérateur gave a poetry reading of Attila József’s Breath of Air .

Tamás Baranyi, cofounder of Budapest world music band Anu Mauri accompanied himself on keyboard, singing Attila József’s Oh Heart, Be Still and Qumashtra, one of his own compositions.

 

 

Diane Sophrin Exhibition Installation

 

 Diane Sophrin Exhibition Installation        Diane Sophrin Exhibition Installation

 

Diane Sophrin Exhibition Installation        Diane Sophrin Exhibition Installation

 

 

 Ferenc Takács lecture

 

Ferenc Takács lecture

 

 György Orbán recites Attila József

 

György Orbán recites Attila József

 

 Albert Kováts, Painter's Association President

 

 Diane Sophrin and Albert Kováts

 

 Tamás Baranyi performs Attila József

 

 Tamás Baranyi performs Attila József

 

 Diane Sophrin Exhibition Opening

 

 Diane Sophrin Exhibition Opening

 

 József Seregi, Julianna Vízi, Csaba Asztai

 

 Diane Sophrin, György Orbán, Ferenc Takács

 

 Albert Kováts, Diane Sophrin, Gábor Homolya

 

    

 

Gábor Szabó, Diane Sophrin    Takács Ferenc, Diane Sophrin

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 12

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 12

Dialog with J.A. - 12

Mixed-media on stitched, gessoed paper.
41″ x 34″ (105c x 86c)
2017

 

 

This large format mixed-media piece draws from József Attila’s controversial writing entitled A Collection of Free Associations In Two Sessions, or Szabad-ötletek Jegyzéke két ülésben. HIs audacious writing inspired an increase in the scale of my work, pushing the use of handwritten text as form-generating source material to a more developed level.

The Free Associations, written by J.A. in the context of sessions with his psychiatrist and quite raw at times, was long seen by many as being outside his body of verse. However, as I pulled excerpts from this long piece of experimental writing, working the fragments of phrases and words into my Dialogs, the free-flowing process of association at the core of so many of his poems was clearly recognizable. In Free Associations, József Attila offered himself up as object, to be penetrated with the same excruciating vision he so often directed towards the external world.

A full English translation by Tamás Baranyi can be read here in pdf format.

The original Hungarian text can be found here online, or here in pdf format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 7

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 7

Dialog with J.A. - 7

Mixed-media on stitched, gessoed paper.
28″ x 11″ (70c x 28c)
2017

 

This large format piece draws from József Attila’s controversial writing entitled A Collection of Free Associations In Two Sessions, or Szabad-ötletek Jegyzéke két ülésben.

 

A full English translation by Tamás Baranyi can be read here in pdf format.

The original Hungarian text can be found here online, or here in pdf format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 9

 

 

DIALOG WITH JÓZSEF ATTILA – 9

Dialog with J.A. - 9

Mixed-media on stitched, gessoed paper.
41″ x 34″ (105c x  86c)
2017

 

 

This large format mixed-media piece draws from József Attila’s controversial writing entitled A Collection of Free Associations In Two Sessions, or Szabad-ötletek Jegyzéke két ülésben. HIs audacious writing inspired an increase in the scale of my work, pushing the use of handwritten text as form-generating source material to a more developed level.

The Free Associations, written by J.A. in the context of sessions with his psychiatrist and quite raw at times, was long seen by many as being outside his body of verse. However, as I pulled excerpts from this long piece of experimental writing, working the fragments of phrases and words into my Dialogs, the free-flowing process of association at the core of so many of his poems was clearly recognizable. In Free Associations, József Attila offered himself up as object, to be penetrated with the same excruciating vision he so often directed towards the external world.

A full English translation by Tamás Baranyi can be read here in pdf format.

The original Hungarian text can be found here online, or here in pdf format.