Friday, August 5, 2011

Renegade New York artist MZ Zomick finds 'found' art in Budapest's bins

"Through Life's Prisms" Matthew Z. Zomick, found/modified postcard on photo-emulsion  (2011)
"Untitled," by Mathew Z. Zomick, found/modified art, postcard pigments on paper (2011)

Perhaps most of us would agree raw artists, the untrained, unschooled, untaught, own a special eye, the eye of the artist, whatever that is.

Matthew Z. Zomick, like millions, is one of those raw artists armed with intuitive eyes. 

Always looking for the art in things and people and creating with ease of available materials, like strawberries as pigment.

Always creating, not always preserving.

Zomick lives in Budapest. 

I have showcased some of his poems, one of his street performance art gestures that nearly got us both arrested.

It was my Budapest farewell party, 27 July. 

MZ joined three close Hungarian friends, Kinga, Adam and Akos as we cafe-hopped, ending up for a couple hours at MZ's spacious, 19th C. flat drinking beer and talking, listening to music.

MZ urgently motioned me over to a table on which was a pile of wet and soiled circa 60's family photos and a few postcards from the same era, Hungarian scenes, mostly.

It had rained that day and for some days before, off and on.
He started pulling them apart. 

Parts of one image stuck to another. Color pigments of postcards dripped onto photos.

MZ and I looked at each other, realizing new compositions wrecked from old, tattered images from this found cluster of dead memories.

MZ sought to revive some of them and has. They appear here.

More are coming, I'm told.


Meanwhile, I found myself writing poetry again after many years, inadvertently patching it into the middle of his found visuals story. 

And since I have little clue what the words mean, it seems a workable collaboration.

Imbibing Memories
a poem by Stefan van Drake 

patent memories imbibing 
touching and sensing, visualizing, haunting
flashbacks and blowups 
postage stamps imprinted clearly on small swaths of living tissue
nightwalkers solemn with the wind
if there is any
peopled streets of madness going and coming
always movement
always silence
always nothing 
but who you are
about all this 
that does not

"Untitled" Found/modified art by Matthew Z. Zomick (2011)

Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler ™

ArtTraveler notes:

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"Spanish life stilled," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)

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