Hope The Fire Will Do The Work

September 15 – November 4, 2019

Parz One / Galerie Schloss Parz, Grieskirchen (Austria)

A solo exhibition by Lőrinc Borsos.


The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of six thousand years is true, as I have heard from Hell. For the cherub with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to leave his guard at the tree of life, and when he does, the whole creation will be consumed and appear infinite and holy, whereas it now appears finite and corrupt. This will come to pass by an improvement of sensual enjoyment. But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged; this I shall do by printing in the infernal method by corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and medicinal, melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite which was hid. If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.

Fire usually appears by its destructive power. If today the prioritization between Notre Dame de Paris and the Amazon region anticipates the morality of a person, the hope within the title, that the fire would do the work, seems cynical. Lőrinc Borsos explores another mythology of fire in the installation for the Cabinet of Galerie Schloss Parz. For William Blake, the English poet and painter who sought to overcome conventional morality in his art in the eighteenth century, fire, in his works, is a metaphor for the eradication of superficial differences. Burning becomes a cathartic idea liberating the world from moral unambiguity and emphasizing the equality of all. Some of the works in the Cabinet go back to the series Paradise Lost, in which Lőrinc Borsos reproduced classics of art history and censored stereotypes with her*his black paint BLAEK.
The cynicism suggested by the title disappears, as do the clichés. The questions remain, which pictures do we make of the fire, what motivates our decisions, which moral shows the fire?

Maximilian Lehner

Land Oberösterreich

The Real Office. Kunst+Realität and Parz One