“The center doesn’t hold – accumulated works and thoughts”

 

 

 

Enough! Things pile up – the center doesn’t hold! If all this new visual and written work doesn’t get put out soon, the festering patina of time will seal, will bury everything.

The last post was, remarkably, in late July. How much has happened since then, seemingly with break-neck speed. Even as I write, things move faster and faster. I can’t possibly keep up. Paradoxically my own life seems to crawl at a snail’s pace, or stand suspended out of time entirely.

In the midst of everything going on in the world, I work. A new ongoing series, Spheres of Destiny & Variants and the related Scrolling Spots follow along the same parameters as the other recent double-sided assemblages; the Swingeing Spots, Big Looming Assemblages, Spots of Retribution and Dark Spots & Black Holes. Why this particular focus and process persists I am not sure. It offers itself, it suggests, or with stronger imperative, demands. I oblige. The Scrolling Spots can be seen here, and the Spheres of Destiny & Variants, here.

At any rate, one round diptych of the Spheres of Destiny series has already made its way to Budapest in my stead, currently exhibited in the HORIZONHORIZONT group exhibition of the Society of Hungarian Painters (Magyar Festők Társasága).

The Spherical Fragments, a brief return to collage for another MFT exhibition entitled PART>WHOLE / RÉSZ>EGÉSZ, were completed in one burst, sent to Budapest, the exhibition opening October 16th!

Aside from regular submersion in escalating horrific news reports (can it get any worse? – yes it does, yes it will!) I have been reading poems – more Bertolt Brecht, now Octavio Paz, returning to József Attila to find poems somehow overlooked, revisiting W.B. Yeats. Passing as needed through the tortuous, exquisite route of translation by brilliant poets and writers, these words offer courage and co-conspiracy. Bridging decades, generations, centuries, they are antidotes to isolation and despair. Locked in solitary conversation with these great voices from the past, I continue to put down my own words, which can be seen here.

Ending now with Octavio Paz and József Attila . Very different, yet both speaking of what needs to be said. Next time, Brecht’s What use is goodness?, Paz, J.A. and some Yeats.

– Diane Sophrin
  Vermont (10.4.20)

 

 

PDF format here.

 

On the Pavement

On the pavement a small puddle was blinking
as shadows began to occupy the streets.
In their restless dreams sparrows were chirping
but then silently hung on to their twigs.
The sleeping ones will always cling
harder than the awake, ready to take flight.
People, streetcars, taxis were bustling
just like the instincts and the mind.

I kissed a girl on her mouth in a doorway,
then I mixed in among the crowd again,
Only to separate from it once more, so that
this poem could crystalize from life’s pain.
At last I see, after long meditation,
my animal sorrow is understandable
human grief that finds its scintillation
even in advertising displays.

Attila József
1935

Winter Night. Selected Poems by Attila József
translated from the Hungarian by John Bátki
Oberlin College Press. 1997

PDF format here:

 

 

 

ISLAND EXHIBITION (SZIGET KIÁLLÍTÁS)

 

“If we think about it, the word Island can suggest many meanings. The demarcated entity, separate from its environment can above all give rise to the human personality, which however much a part of society it may be, is an autonomous concept in itself. Island may describe the brutal narrowness of an imposed loneliness, but also the loneliness of a victim of self-confinement. It can describe a sheltered place for a close, friendly community, portray an exiled, excluded people or conversely, voice a plea for a wider, ideal, happier world. Island can be presented as a closed form or may be also be pictured as being comprised of disconnected, unrelated parts”.
– Albert Kováts. Chair, Society of Hungarian Painters. (September 20, 2018)

 

“Ha belegondulunk, a sziget szónak számos jelentése feltárulhat. A körülhatárolt, környezetétől különálló entitás mindenek előtt az emberi személyiséget idézheti fel, aki bármennyire is része a társadalomnak, magában való, öntörvényű fogalom. Lehet ez a rideg, beszűkült, ellenséges magány, de az önmagába zárkózásra szorított, sértett személyiség magánya is. A SZIGET lehet bensőséges, baráti közösség védett helyszíne, de lehet a társadalomból száműzött, kirekesztett ember hona, vagy akár elvágyódás tárgya is egy tágabb, ideális, boldogabb világba. – Képileg részeket összefogó, zárt forma, de SZIGET lehet a kiszakadt, társtalan rész is”.
– Kováts Albert. Elnöke, Magyar Festők Társasága. (2018. szeptember 20)

 

 

5. ISLAND opening

 

 

6. ISLAND opening

 

 

7. ISLAND opening

 

 

Island / Sziget exhibit. 3

 

 

8. ISLAND opening

 

 

10. ISLAND opening

 

 

Marooned Souls - Il (Elhagyatott lelkek - II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE PAINTINGS / FEHÉR KÉPEK

 

 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 1

 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 3

 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 2

 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 4

 

 

WHITE FIRE (Fehér tűz) - 2

 

WHITE FIRE (Fehér tűz) - 1

 

 

The White Paintings / Fehér képek (see catalog here)  juried exhibition of the Hungarian Painters’ Association opened on November 16th at the City Library and Gallery in Szigetszentmiklós, just outside Budapest, and runs through December 7th. 

The theme of white was new, offering opportunity for a contrasting or even opositional visual exploration to the past Black Paintings / Fekete Képek juried exhibitions of 2008 and 2011 (see catalogs here and here).  

My two pieces in the exhibit, White Fire – 1 and 2, were done in the context of the Attila József series. These two new works revisited József ‘s poem Fire is Now White (Most Fehér a tűz) already the source of a piece by the same name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

LATEST GROUP EXHIBITION:
HORIZON EXHIBITION / RÉSZ > EGÉSZ KIÁLLÍTÁS
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION

Part > Whole invitation

Opening: October 16, 2020. 5:00
Balázs Feledy, art critic and writer offers commentary.

October 16 – November 15, 2020
Vértes Agorája Modern Art Gallery
Szent Borbála tér 1, Tatabánya

My latest collage pieces remarkably made it to Budapest in three days where they join the works of 46 Hungarian colleagues in the public gallery of the City Art Center of Tatabánya, not far from Budapest.

 

 

CURRENT GROUP EXHIBITION:
HORIZON EXHIBITION / HORIZONT KIÁLLÍTÁS
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION

HORIZON EXHIBITION

September 25 – October 24, 2020
Érdi Gallery
Alsó Street 2, Érd

What a world! I remain embedded for better and for worse here in Vermont. Nevertheless, my work, the first of the Spheres of Destiny series made expressly for this exhibit, was submitted digitally as usual, accepted by the jury, and shipped via FedEx to Budapest where it joins the works of 49 Hungarian colleagues in the public gallery of Érd, just outside Budapest.

 

LATEST SOLO EXHIBITION:
SMALL BOOK OF CHAOS / A KÁOSZ KIS KÖNYVE

A KÁOSZ KIS KÖNYVE / SMALL BOOK OF CHAOS

RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING, 2021!
April 28 – May 30, 2020 – 
Open Workshop / Nyított Műhély
Ráth György Street 4
Budapest 1123

On March 17, the Corona Virus descended upon the world. Borders closed and flights were cancelled. I never left Vermont. As of August 2, 2020, the situation continues to worsen and borders are still closed. This exhibition has just been postponed again and is now tentatively re-scheduled for the Spring of 2021!

 

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION:
ReVISION: ART AT THE KENT

DIANE SOPHRIN - SCRAWLS AT THE KENT

September 6 – October 6, 2019
Kent Museum, Kents’ Corner, Calais, Vermont

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION:
PRESENT CONTINUOUS: COMMENTARY AND FORM

PRESENT CONTINUOUS: COMMENTARY AND FORM EXHIBITION - STUDIO PLACE ARTS

May 14 – June 29, 2019
Studio Place Arts Third Floor Gallerz
201 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
ISLAND EXHIBITION / SZIGET KIÁLLÍTÁS

SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Island / Sziget exhibit. 3

November 6 – 27, 2018
Vízivárosi Gallery
Kapás Street 55
Budapest 1027

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION: 
WETTED SCROLL SERIES – J.LANGDON EXHIBITION

DIANE SOPHRIN WETTED SCROLLS EXHIBITION AT J.LANGDON

September 7 – September 30, 2018
J.Langdon Art & Antiques
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
TELL ME

TELL ME EXHIBIT AT SPA

May 22 – June 30, 2018
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION
PRESENT CONTINUOUS / FOLYAMATOS  JELEN

DIANE SOPHRIN MEGHIVO - FOLYAMATOS JELEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13th  – May 15th, 2018
Open Workshop (Nyitott Muhely)
Ráth György Street 4
Budapest 1123

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION: 
IN MEMORY OF GÁBOR KARÁTSON / KARÁTSON GÁBOR EMLÉKEZETE
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Karacson Gabor opening

MAY 3 – 21, 2018
FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
WHITE PAINTINGS / FEHÉR KÉPEK
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

WHITE PAINTINGS EXHIBITION OPENING - 1

 

 

 

 

 

November 16 – December 7. 2017
City Library and Gallery
Szigetszentmiklós

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITION:
GARDEN OF EXILE / A SZÁMŰZÖTT PARKJA
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN PAINTERS JURIED EXHIBITION 

Garden of Exile Exhibit Opening Night - 1

October 5th – 28th, 2017
Széphárom Community Center
Budapest
 

 

 

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

September 14th  – October 14th, 2017
Ferencvárosi Historical Museum
18 Ráday Street 18 (entrance on 15 Erkel Street)
Budapest 1092

 

 

FÉSZEK ARTISTS’ CLUB MEMBERSHIP:

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

 

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

FÉSZEK ARTISTS' CLUB

Diane Sophrin is honored to be accepted as a member of this creative arts organization for painters, architects, sculptors, musicians, singers and actors. Read more here and here about this historically significant Hungarian creative arts organization founded in Budapest in 1901.

 

 

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EXILE EXHIBITION

 

Garden of Exile Exhibit Opening Night - 1

Garden of Exile Exhibit Opening Night - 2

Garden of Exile Exhibit Opening Night - 3

Garden of Exile - 4, exhibited in group

The Garden of Exile (see catalog here) juried exhibition of the Hungarian Painters’ Association opened on October 5th at the Széphárom Community Center in the heart of Budapest and runs through October 28th. 

The practice of giving theme to juried and group exhbitions is not uncommon here in Hungary, offering creative challenge and stimulus to participating artists and a unifying narrative and conceptual thread for the viewing audience to follow. 

The exhibit title Garden of Exile (Száműzött Parkja), refers to a romantic, allegorical landscape painting of the same name by the mid-19th century Hungarian painter Gusztáv Kelety, now in the permanent collection of the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. While this painting references a particular moment in Hungarian history, the title offers a broad, contemporary theme to be explored by participating artists. 

My newest Exile Series, completed in response to this exhibition theme, reflects a personal exploration of the concept of exile at this very moment in history when definitions of identity and assertions of exclusion rear themselves up in inflamed political contexts and when human beings are yet again being torn, thrust, and thrown asunder as they flee for their lives. Embedded in this theme is of course the resonance of previous world conflagrations and an even more ancient Exodus. The entire series, and related written text can be found here.

 

Garden of Exile - 4, exhibited