Time and Space in Recent Works by László Szlávics jr. 1995-2005

· European medallic art has undergone great changes since the mid-1970s. The sculptural character of the works has become stronger, new materials, techniques and unprecedented solutions have appeared - the limits of the genre have been massively stretched. All this has particularly affected Hungarian medals, inspiring a powerful renewal. Although the younger László Szlávics's studies coincided with this period, his career started from a more traditional basis calling for considerable skills and craftsmanship. For quite a long time he was engaged - almost solely - in making struck medals, carving the dies himself and striking the medals by hand in the traditional manner. When his interest turned towards cast medals, apparently modern works were also produced using the traditional procedure of engraving in the negative. He also felt a desire to create medals of a more modern kind, but the unusual start of his working life made this revival quite unique. He was among the few at that time who imagined the renewal of the medal on a less conservative basis than the majority. The other factor influencing the line of change was his peculiar approach, one routed in the arts & crafts way of thinking. For him, the joy of "making objects" was of signal importance, as the

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