The sculptures, photographs and drawings by Kata Legrady cause irritation among viewers: her works of art confront them with objects of violence, which are at the same time objects of infantile desire. Whether the weapons are drawn, photographed or sculpturally formed, what they all have in common is their appearance. The weapons are embellished with colorful chocolate drops, sumptuous furs or bank notes.
With such simple aesthetic means, Kata Legrady presents what has defined the course of the world over the millennia. Her fetish objects are a further development of surrealist object art in the age of high gloss aesthetics. The rejections and monstrosities of civilization appear in the sweet and charming apparel of consumption, and violence pairs with "Luxe, Calme et Volupté" (H. Matisse, 1904). The Exhibition is on view at An exhibition at the ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe until March 30th, 2014.
Pineapple (multicolor II), 2008 C-Print, Diasec, 221 x 180 x 2,8 cm, 234 x 193 x 9 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : The extremes in the work of Kata Legrady could not be greater: on the one hand, steel weapons and munitions, designed to maim and kill people, while on the other, friendly and colorful smarties evoking childhood memories, the desire for sweet things and carefree enjoyment.
Chanel 217 (pink bomb), 2011 Plastics, laminated and varnished, 89 x 397 x 89 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Objects of violence are transformed into objects of luxury, while these, in turn, become infantile objects of love. Psychoanalysis has not only taught us about the power of sexus over the human being (S. Freud, W. Reich), but no less about the principle of power itself (A. Adler).
Government (multicolor-mini), 2012 Pistole, mini Smarties, 114,2 x 21,9 x 4 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Employing Brechtian effects of alienation, Kata Legrady spins the two sides of the same coin that is inseparable from the evolution of homo sapiens.
Bullet „Flower“ (multicolor), 2012 C-Print, Diasec, 300 x 100 x 2,8 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Here with flowers made of sugar.
Bullets „Stars and Stripes“, 2012 C-Print, Diasec, 300 x 100 x 2,8 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady
Government Balançoir, 2011 Compound material, original leather saddle of Hermès, 152 x 237 x37 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Meticulously detailed delicacies, such as a saddle by Hermès invite a ride on a colt, and which reminds one at once of Münchhausen and his cannonballs, or Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.
Cheval à bascule, 2011 Beech tree massif, varnished, 80 x 124 x 39 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Here luxurious and sensual pelts.
Mickey & Minnie, 2012 Aluminium and plastics, varnished; computer-controlled musical box. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Many aspects of the human being pervade Legrady’s works. The attributes of violence and power, luxury and childhood are unmistakable.
Mine (yellow), 2013 C-Print, Diasec, 150 x 150 x 2,8 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Kata Legrady’s art reflects this social condition: the equation of wealth and luxury on the one hand, violence and exploitation on the other. Kata Legrady. Smart Pistols puts in question armament of all kinds, both military and economic, but also those used in the private sphere.
Kalaschnikow (multicolor), 2009 C-Print on Alu-Dibond, under Plexiglass, 145 x 290 x 2,8 cm. Courtesy Kata Legrady : Here Cruel, cod glistening materials of war.
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