“Offsetting can be perceived as a journey on the borders of a spectrum of media and genres – painting, offset printing, film and photography. Gábor Kristóf maps and challenges the boundaries of classical painting with a focus on the prevailing conditions and specificities of image making.”

(Lead-in from the catalog of my first solo show at Horizont Gallery titled Offsetting)

 

Besides pieces from the series Milky Way, Scenes from the Songs and Landscape Residues, the main protagonist of the show Offsetting was Heidi, a fictional character derived from the name of the most common printing machines made by the company Heidelberg.

 

Heidi’s abstracts is in my interpretation and imagination a series of found paintings brought to life by the most popular high volume reproductional industry, offset printing. The printing blanket is a key element of the machine which is responsible for transition of information between the cliché and the paper endlessly, until it is discarded.

The vast number of transitions that these rubber blankets undergo result in a unique abstract anti-form of the process itself, an aethereal silence after the big volume transmission of information. Due to the nature of the process, these abstracts are built of small nuances, residues of offset paint, fragments of millions of images and textual information. This dependent relationship between the everyday visual distribution and this original, slowly developing aesthetics is inseparable and is happening in every moment everywhere around the world.

 

My mission is to bring to light this phenomenon, which in many aspects performs more sharply, clearly and immediate regarding to the sensitive status and politics of images than an artist with the traditional toolkit ever could. In this sense my role is shifting more towards a mediator’s. The series is independent from my creation, and is embedded in a shared autonomy in favour of this automatic abstraction.

 

 

“Heidi teljes műszakokat nyom. Szórólapot, plakátot, magazint, csomagolóanyagot,

szépirodalmat, katalógusokat, ponyvát stb. Heidi már kicsit kiöregedett, de azért még mindig

ő és társai a leggyorsabbak és legmegbízhatóbbak; nyomtatott vizuális környezetünk kb.

80%-át nekik köszönhetjük.

Heidi mindent egyformán szeret, nem válogat. A művészettel is így van - nem kedveli kevésbé

mondjuk a sportnál. Nem sportol, viszont miközben teljesíti a napi penzumot, észrevétlenül

készíti absztraktjait...”

 

Heidi: Kis nemzetközi kék II. | Heidi: Small International Blue II., 2014

95 x 65 cm, selejt nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Absztrakt 1003587 | Heidi: Abstract 1003587, 2013

110 x 133cm, selejt ofszet nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket,

 

Heidi: Absztrakt 1003593 | Heidi: Abstract 1003593, 2013

110 x 133cm, selejt ofszet nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Kis nemzetközi kék | Heidi: Small International Blue, 2014

95 x 65 cm, selejt nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Hommage á Mondrian, 2013

79 x 105 cm, selejt nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Kompozíció | Heidi: Composition, 2014

54 x 46 cm, selejt nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Lázlap | Heidi: Temperature Chart, 2015

103 x 84 cm, selejt nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Útikönyv | Heidi: Guide book, 2015

133,5 x 111 cm, selejt ofszet nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket

 

Heidi: Herendi absztrakt | Heidi: Herendi Abstract, 2013

79 x 105 cm, selejt ofszet nyomóköpeny | scrapped offset printing blanket