For days, Zsuzsanna Szegedi labored at the Fourth Wall Project. Using water-soluble paint, she created a long sweeping mural of trees and land that covered the space’s walls, windows and floor and spilled out onto the sidewalk and street. For the opening reception, she put out basins of water, spray bottles, sponges and paint brushes, and gave the studio’s patrons free reign to acknowledge their impulses and alter her work anyway they saw fit.
Typically, a painter’s work plays on one of our five senses. For Szegedi’s newest exhibit, Temporal Works, she transcends this norm and aims to “open up a dialogue between the audience, the artist and the work.” By turning idle spectators into active participants, she allows the viewer and the viewed to unite as one entity.
“When you interact with the work, you become part of it,” Szegedi says.
For another piece, Szegedi had two blue orbs of light projected on a wall that darted about to form a picture. Each person would trace the paths of the glowing balls with Sharpies and highlighters, resulting in a unique pattern. There was also a series of projected time-lapsed videos that showed the creation of other works Szegedi had undertaken, each one focused on the motifs of audience immersion and ephemeral themes.
Within an hour, attendees took to the painting with gusto. What were once passive observers were now artists, and what was once Szegedi’s painting was now everyone’s.
THROUGH SUN 6.26.11
THE FOURTH WALL PROJECT
132 BROOKLINE AVE.
WED-FRI: 1PM-6PM/SUN: 1PM-5PM