Variations on Geometry - Glass sculptures and Paintings
Exhibition: The exhibition is on view from 08/06/2023, until 30/06/2023, Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm., Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm. From 01/07/2023, until 14/07/2023, Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Exhibition of works by Péter Botos, Tamás Hencze and Tamás Konok
Peter Botos – A Square Deal
I was a long-distance runner indeed. I was born in 1945, participated in athletics, and I was a junior Hungarian champion in Javelin throw in 1962. At the age of 42, I decided to run the marathon, so I trained for it and successfully completed eight, including the New York Marathon in 1999. I obtained a master’s degree in Sociology, but I started to show an interest in minerals, crystals, and glass as a hobby. After testing my skills at home for many years, I founded my workshop in 1989 and started to use optical glass with my associates to produce high precision glass components for optical instruments and industrial devices.
Botos uses cold techniques to work the optical glass for his sculptures. The work starts from blocks and slabs, which he cuts into a few elements, then sands, polishes, and glues, repeating the process several times. His constructions consist of simple, basic geometric shapes. The size of each element, the gluing, the matt to glossy, the optical glass of different colours and refractive indices, give him the exuberant inner richness of imagery that eventually appears in his sculptures. His works have rightly been described as geometric baroque sculptures.
He held his first solo exhibition in 2004 at the age of 59, under the title Risk (A Square Deal) in Hungary’s first glass gallery. Since then, he has been a regular exhibitor in Europe, the USA and China. He has also created two large public sculptures and published a book.