by Odile Biec Morello
János Saxon Szász is a Madi artist. He came to Mouans-Sartoux from Hungary, and he spent five months in an atelier provided by Espace de l’Art Concret. He is the first one in a row of artists to visit this place in the future, fulfilling the expectations of Espace de l’Art Concret: through this scholarship, young artists may fully realise their artistic ideas and plans.
Saxon’s oeuvre reflects the spirituality of Madi; a major feature of his works is the combination of precision and playfulness. When he was invited by Espace de l’Art Concret to participate in the pedagogical workshop of the institution, he opened up the doors of his artistic universe towards children without hesitation. Consequently, he created a number of playful constructions with which the children were able to model his object paintings in an inventive manner. At the same time, he wrote this book, with the help of which it has become possible to understand his fundamental geometrical ideas, to open up the gates of his universe. From the very beginning, Saxon’s art has been built upon the theory of dimension fractals, which he found intuitively, and through which he has constructed his Poly-Universe.
As a matter of fact, Saxon’s written explication is an experiment, since he asks adults and children alike to put into practice, too, the ideas thus communicated. He presents them with proportions through which they can embark upon a spiritual, geometrical, artistic journey: they can approach the spheres in which he himself as an artist dwells. He assures them that in the realms of the infinitely large and the infinitesimal they can discover the similarities and differences between large, small and even smaller things, and meanwhile also find out where our world and within it, we ourselves, really are.
This may become an endless adventure if we will, and it opens up new horizons again and again. This is what János Saxon Szász wants to give us – hereby we would like to thank him for his infinite generosity.
Between 18th and 22nd September 2000, János Saxon Szász spent four whole days in the Poly-Universe with the primary school pupils of Mouans-Sartoux.
Odile Biec Morello
art historian, director of Espace de l’Art Concret