Michael Horsky’s paintings seem crystallized from some sort of chromatic primeval slime. Constellations of motifs that leave everything obvious behind them—art history/role models/the good idea—appear on the canvas, though not before countless other images have been shaken off, discarded. Horsky draws from deeply hidden inner networks of knowledge and feeling, as well as the inherent laws that govern them. The outer, representational pictorial structure is merely a surface to project upon, a plaything, or an indicator for the abstract processes at work behind it. Forms are liberated from the gravity of logic, not deformed; colors unfurl the wildly beguiling power of their essence; narratives shatter against the paradox of their individual parts, only to further incite intuition. Horsky’s paintings are oddly captivating equivalents for a world—our world— that, despite its real, barely comprehensible madness, mysteriously manages to function and, against all reason, is capable of creating amazing beauty.
– Sonja Menches
Michael Horsky (born in 1973 in Prague, Czech Republic, lives and works in Vienna, Austria) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1991 to 2001. His work was the object of solo and group exhibitions in Austria and in the rest of Europe, in Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Germany. In September 2021, Horsky will present his first solo exhibition at galerie frank elbaz in Paris.
galerie frank elbaz presents solo and group exhibitions dedicated to French and international living artists, both established and emerging, as well as historical artists through close collaborations with their estates.
The gallery opened in 2002 in Paris. Since its creation, it has contributed to the influence of French artists (Davide Balula, Bernard Piffaretti) as well as American artists (Jay DeFeo, Sheila Hicks, William Leavitt, Ari Marcopoulos, Mungo Thomson, Blair Thurman). The gallery is also interested in the Japanese scene with Kaz Oshiro and Taro Shinoda. Thanks to its more than 20-year collaboration with Croatian artist Julije Knifer, the gallery has opened up to the conceptual scene of Zagreb, also represented by Tomislav Gotovac and Mladen Stilinovic.
In 2012, the gallery moved to its current Parisian address, 66 rue de Turenne. In 2016, the gallery opened a new space in Dallas, Texas, reinforcing its commitment to the American scene. By supporting emerging artists, the gallery demonstrates its constant interest in young French and international creation.