Hide & Seek
In her video works, performances, drawings and installations, Fürnkäs confronts the unstoppable image production of the 21st century and investigates the visual spaces of our present through the use of chance and everyday practices. She uses language, drawing and gestures to transform the flood of images into media-reflexive actions via performative, installative and time-based techniques. Fürnkäs's Hide & Seek is a series of fictitious portraits that take their starting point in passport-photo-sized drawings of faces. Analogous to the latter, in Hide & Seek it is a coffee stain that has been worked on with ink and oil sticks in such a way that highly abstracted, partly expressive, partly subtle or ghostly-looking faces appear on the paper. The expression of Fürnkäs portrayed figures ranges from exalted, contemplative to opaque, yet - in contrast to digital images - they have a medially inscribed, vulnerable quality.
Text by Eva Birkenstock
Mixed media on paper, ink, coffee, oil-sticks, Japanese ink, 3,5 x 5,5 cm
framed with plexi glass