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The New Mythology Illustrated 

Wednesday, Jun 29 2011
Balint Zsako is one of those people who makes the rest of us look like slackers. In the 10 years since he received his bachelor’s in photography from Ryerson University in Toronto, the Hungarian-born artist has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world, including South Korea, Berlin, and Tasmania. (Yes, Tasmania.) Not content to confine himself to a single medium, Zsako has created sculpture, painting, collage, and journals through the course of his young career. “Guilt & Pleasure,” his first solo show on the West Coast, focuses on a series of his recent figurative works on paper that summon the spirits of past mythologies. One typically intricate drawing depicts a stand of beautifully stylized trees, their branches laden with fruit and birds, while beneath their roots we see humanlike beings with multicolored skins operating the machinery of growth and death. Zsako, now based in Brooklyn, taps into the primal and subconscious as he uses this suite to explore ideas of desire and reproduction in addition to even broader questions about how we construct our personal and collective myths. He has created a host of new stories for us, waiting to be discovered.
July 5-Aug. 1, 2011

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