On Wednesday 9th August 2017 myself and Vee went to visit art researcher and horse trainer Beáta Veszely and horse archer and horse trainer Márton Szmerecsányi at their stables and gallery in Barnag, Hungary. They were holding an exhibition of the resulting works from their 2017 HARP art residents, of whom came from far and wide (India, USA, Sweden, Australia and more) to experience horse riding, archery and care combined with artistic exploration. The theme this year was to develop print-making artworks (such as etching and lino) informed by the residents experience, research and observations of the connection between art and horsemanship.
We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and meeting everyone involved, it is always rewarding to experience others art and interesting projects like this. Horses, agreeable by most, are majestic animals that provide immense inspiration and admiration so I was very happy to see such an undertaking by Beáta and Márton - both of whom have great experience in horsemanship and art research.
The final prints and images from the residents were varied and offered a window into what the residency experience must have been like. Some were very illustrative and some were expressive and loose. It was awesome speaking to the artists about their time at the stables. They stayed in yurts and gained teachings in archery and horse riding and of course, horse archery! Hitting moving targets whilst riding a horse is an great challenge and accomplishment I can imagine. I have a soft spot for etching in particular from my experimentation in my time university in Canterbury.
After viewing of the hung artworks, guest lecturer Mark Ritchie (Artist and Professor in Printmaking at the College of Arts and Sciences, University o Wyoming, USA) performed a 'horse print'. The horse was very calm and patient whilst enjoying the 'massaging' of the mud on it's side which created a relief print of it's sillouhette which was a fun and simple process to witness...
Better detailed and more information can be found on the HARP website, I recommend checking it out and who knows, maybe you'll be in rural Hungary to take part in next year's program...and maybe I'll see you there too! I'm very tempted to take part.
I also have the extreme pleasure of Beáta introducing and speaking about my work in the opening of my upcoming Balaton Flow solo exhibition in Dörgicse.