Bálint Varga is not only a talented young screen printer, but also an artist, whose first serigraphs we are presenting. Bálint graduated from the Krea School of Contemporary Art in 2019 with a degree in design graphics, and since 2020 he has been the head of the Printa screen printing studio. Thanks to him, we create all our screen-printed products in our studio every day, surrounded by paints and screen frames. Now he told us about his own creations.
When and why did you start taking an interest in the artwork?
I'd rather say when I started taking an interest in graphics again. At first, everyone draws or something, and then for many, as has happened to me, it fades. When I went to tourism hospitality after graduation, after the first lecture, I realized what I was not. That’s when I started drawing again and later shot it for graphics. Here I rediscovered drawing, which became an important means of expression for things not articulated in me. I don’t feel like I can always express what I want on paper or otherwise, but I get closer to it, even with just the right color.
For me, purely computer-aided design proved sterile, even though I started these jobs on paper. This is how I was faced with the internship opportunity at Printa.
I learned a lot here from Doró Ladjánszki and from Silek Laci about screen printing. "That's why I'm so grateful to them."For me, screen printing feels like everything I’ve been looking for through graphics. Freedom, a mere expression that exists for itself. But in the same way, the customer relationship can appear, where we are looking for the answer to some problem, and where the graphics are also involved in usability. A game of aesthetics and function, in different proportions. I see the challenge in the common mixture of the two, and I like to collide and push their boundaries.
Furthermore, it is very liberating and exciting in screening that, as much as you can plan, the result depends in part on chance. It takes a dose of confidence that no matter how much we design, select the right paper, mix the paint, the end result is often different than planned. We will not have complete control over it. I think that's nice. Of course, it also depends on the work you put in, how much we allow for chance, but a little one always stays there while we work by hand.
What is the main motif of this series and why?
It was always before me to create my own series of prints, but I couldn't find enough subject matter.In this case, something ended up on the paper. I'm not a man of words when it comes to feelings, not because I don't want to say it, but because I don't really know what's going on inside me many times. Luckily, I had the tool and everything else to give it a try.
I drew and cut out the outline of the main motif, and then worked on it. These shapes were later reworked on a sieve and composed to different sizes.
People and hands. Their meeting. An encounter where I don’t know where I start and where I end. Just like when the connection ends, if at all.The hand that rabbits what it wants takes away that moves when it wants to. The individual as he views himself when he is with another and as an individual when he is with another. Does it start where I end up, or does it have something in common? In summary, the relationship between two people, their connection, and the issues that arose in it during their work.