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The Fun Never Sets

An exhibition of László Rajk, Andi Schmied, Dominika Trapp

Opening: 25 June, 2018

On view until 31 July, 2018

A model of a building that was never built, the rearrangement of an empty half of a shopping mall in China and dreamlike landscapes of imaginary places: the exhibition of Trapéz explores the interactions between people and the space through the works of three artists. In these places rules are overcome by the forces of playfulness, creativity and fun, showing the freedom that built environment can offer. 

Dongguan is a city is Southern China, a place of low income migrant laborers. The South China Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the world, was built in this environment. Although the price of the retail spaces was constantly lowering, the potential tenants did not occupy the shops. 

Andi Schmied visited the mall in 2014 that was slightly inhabited that time. Her photographs document the state of the building back then. She used the furniture of an abandoned bookstore to create living room like sets in the empty foyers where only a few security guards were loafing. A few years ago the mall went through a major refurbishment and local shoppers started to inhabit the space. The booklet created for the exhibition celebrates the reopening of South China Mall. 

The works of Dominika Trapp are mapping the inner world of the self: in her paintings we see places created by fantasy, unfinished buildings and mystical mountains. On her way she discovers the unknown, the various layers of reality and self knowledge. The landscapes mirror emotional states, those feelings that connect us to the outer world. 

"In the course of the pilgrimage for self-knowledge, we do not reach the imposed mystical mountain peak with a ski-lift. We can bring mulled wine serving as a sacrificial gift to the god of the mountains, but our ticket for the ski-lift meanwhile burns a hole in the inner pocket of our overalls. The wise pig, if he would like to clean himself, dips into the mud. Dominika, dishonourably toppling down from the hill, ruminates: if lower than this, then where? Finally, the surrounding marshland draws into itself the child erring this way.” – writes Dominika Trapp about the series. 

The visual language of Russian constructivism and a radical eclectic style characerize the work of László Rajk. In his experimental projects he explores the barriers of architecture: he accumulates different styles, deconstructs existing structures and then puts them together again according to his own rules. 

In 2004 an open call was released to plan a new conference hall in the Graphisoft park in Budapest. László Rajk designed the white, floating building for this competition. Although, the outrageous, playful construction was never realized, the concept is preserved by the model and the texts written by Hungarian writers Miklós Haraszti and György Konrád.