I connected with Boldizsár via ‘The Dots’ and after asking him, he kindly agreed to give me an interview about his practice. He names himself as a Director and a Filmmaker, while I personally, would give him credit for being way more broadly creative.
1. Do you treat your tools as if they were somebody with emotion and reasoning?
Well, when I think about my camera and lenses etc I do have some sort of attachment, but it’s not pure love I would say. As sometimes, when you work a lot, you can almost hate these things you carry around. I do prefer, though, to work with my own equipment rather than rental. Right now I am selling my old camera which I did a lot with and it’s weird to sell it. At the same time I feel like I am becoming more and more techno-phobic and don’t really want to get involved with technology. Editing is something I find very difficult doing, and that’s again a technology dislike. However, I love the image and the film that comes together and the self expression part. I think with digital work it’s harder to love your tools as much as you probably love it if you work with real material.
2. What was it like when you had a very first encounter with the materials you use on a daily basis now?
Well, it was fantastic. Especially starting with shooting, with an analogue camera of my granddad (such cliché). Today I like unique and analog tools, but also love high quality stuff so it’s tricky to answer this. I am also very impatient, so digital suits me. To get to the point, my first encounter was probably quite fetishistic and posy, as I loved the look of the Canon A1 and liked to shoot with it as it looked cool. I guess it’s also being young and somehow gaining power from an object like a camera. I still like cameras, but it’s less exciting once you use them a lot. I still love to look into them and prefer to use an eye piece to a monitor and immerse myself in the image - if possible. That is pretty exciting. I always loved how lenses change reality and I enjoy that distortion. When I started as a musician, I definitely felt connection to my instrument. I think less accessible digital and professional work put me off from cameras I use for shoots today.
3. What is your favourite part about people when they perform an act of critically looking at your artworks: do you prefer criticism, or you are more pleased when you get praise?
Sorry to say, but I prefer when they praise lol. Of course I do rate a feedback from someone who has a knowledge and interest on the subject I am involved with. Also because I need that attention to keep going. However, I do think a piece of art should talk to everybody so that naive or democratic praise is somehow more relevant than an expert’s more political and still subjective view. Maybe this whole praise-loving-thing is just coming from living in London where everybody is pretty low key with praising and just overly cool.
4. Do you have your own favourite artwork? If so, which one?
To pick one is very difficult. I would say The Painting is my favourite as it is my greatest achievement so far and still holds personal relevance. At the same time I also love some much lower key stuff like Cry of the City for example.
(I didn't ask Boldizsár to give me links or pictures of these artworks on purpose, please, find out yourself)
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Well, I love so many film directors and artists, so it’s almost impossible to choose. I was long time inspired by Fassbinder as he seemed to have that drama and punk attitude in his life I can relate to.
6. What led you to working with the colours that you are working you with now? Do you see yourself changing that?
I’m not sure, I always loved a warmer tone, probably just loving sunsets and the lights in Budapest when growing up. I am really inspired and loving colours, however, it comes from the gut for me what I like when I do post; it also depends on what I try to express as the most important thing. However, it is a personal choice and I need to love or at least like the colours in my work. I am very sensitive to colour.
7. How is your art beneficial for the world?
Not really. Maybe it can make me a better person, who expresses himself, and then it helps the world eventually. Hopefully someone can relate to it, but I really am selfish, just want to please myself with personal work, and hope it will be interesting for other people too. I don’t have much knowledge of viewers opinions or discussion with others on my work to be honest, so it is hard to tell what it does. I want to change this though as opening up is the way ahead.
8. Do you think that Frank Stella was right when he said that ‘Painting is a flat surface with paint on it – nothing more. It is physical object rather than a metaphor for something else. What you see is what you see.’ Why?
Well, I don’t know Frank Stella, but I completely disagree with this and this school of thinking. I am highly into symbolism and self expression, so cannot really relate to that what he means by this. I do believe in things like soul and unexplained forces. I find this quote quite depressing.
9. If you had 3 lives, what would you do with them? Would you still be an artist in at least one of them? Why?
Yes, I would be a performing artist for sure. I missed that and missing that part of my life to act out stuff physically. Either as a singer on stage, or an actor, dancer, etc. Another one is to be a woman, which I definitely picked as something of a desire from an early age. Yes, I would be an artist as well, but a rich one, without family pressure. Maybe a poetic gangster, who does art between daily acts of badness.
10. If you had 3 wishes and a magical power to make them to become true, what those wishes would be?
This interview is very funny. (Thanks, haha) Ok, well, apart from living forever and having unspendable amount of money... I wish somebody in the right place would get me and my potential, so I could really shine. Then, I do wish to find a group of people I can relate to and count on longer term, and stop being lonely. Then going back in time and moving to LA at 30 instead of moving to London how it played out.
11. Do think that being a female artist/creative makes it harder to be noticed in the artworld? Why?
I think it’s super hard to get noticed as an artist, no matter what gender they are. It is a very hard road to take! Women, actually, many times, have better social skills and as it’s all about networking these days I think it’s not a bad thing to be a woman. However,I honestly don’t know the artworld that much, so its something I notice from the media.
12. Do you think that degree in arts will help one immensely with their practice, or that it only is a tiny piece to the whole picture of what is needed to be an artist? Why?
I think it can show commitment and originally I thought its also a place to meet fellow/soulmates etc. But now I think its a very competitive place to be, and not sure if I like that environment. I had very bad experience in England doing MA so that’s just my view. I do think it is a good opportunity to have feedback while at Art School, but it also dependable who the other classmates and tutors are. I had more fun being involved in underground scene outside Academy. Probably, you can do both if you have time.
13. What can be done to be a sustainable/environmentally friendly artist in these days?
Hmm, thankfully, as I work digital it seems less of an issue for me on materials. (I also think it’s more important to stop horrible governments to be corrupted and mass-trash our planet.) In terms of subjects and “message” maybe there is a way to promote environment-friendly thinking. I prefer to express myself, rather than bring messages to the world, but naturally I am an environmentalist, so I don’t think my art promotes consumerism. I just don’t like to give direct messages in my work, but want to give experiences and in a way joy. In terms of production, of course, there is choices to make to keep things as environment-friendly as possible, and I would definitely choose that.
14. Do you believe that anything is possible?
I’m sceptical these days.
More creative production from Boldizsár can be seen on his personal web-page, Instagram, Vimeo and The Dots. Thank you, Boldizsár, for the answers, and you, for reading!