Exhibit - July 1994
Peter G. Balazsy's works, Watergraphs, succeed in achieving a warmth and richness associated with painting to his largely photographic images of nudes, cityscapes and still life.
Mr. Balazsy works with photographic transfer:
he collects his images...
with a 35MM camera, using color slide film.
Later, he projects his slides onto Polaroid or Fuji self developing film; next while the film is developing, he "transfers" the image from the base to a new base, which may be paper, silk, or linen.
Finally he interprets..
...and refines the transferred images with hand coloring.
Though thoroughly trained in electronics and computers, the artist is largely self taught in the arts. Despite this his work demonstrates a life of careful observation, developing his own personal twist on vernacular visual conventions and a sympathetic progress in keeping with several present artistic trends in photography.
His work has been described as painterly, which is astute, but a bit off the mark,
... suggesting his work is painting like, (imitating painting)
.... as the modernist critics accused the pictorialists several decades ago.
Mr. Balazsy's work is perhaps best described as a photographic parallel
to Painterly painting. ~~ He exploits and demonstrates the material
qualities of his photographic medium:
...color, line, shadow, emulsion texture, paper texture, and emulsion flaws and gaps
which he responds to with coloring.
At least half of his works are female nudes and portraits.
Avoiding the prurient, he creates luminous, sensual works,
which seduce the eye..
...with an exquisite,
....revealing the grace and variety of the human form,
...producing a warm glow.
Peter joins the renewed
tradition of nude photography in a matured eroticism,
seeking to entice and charm ..rather than to shock.
The cityscapes and
still lifes share..
...an affinity with another trend, ...an historicism, a new pictorialism
...in which forms and subjects as well as the look of earlier art are embraced.
Rejecting the harshness and
consumerism of the contemporary art world,
they seek healing and pleasure from the past.
Mr. Balazsy's awareness of pattern
and color add to the
richness and delight in these works.
Traditionally, photography has been regarded as a medium of representation, and painting one of color. Across the board, in every work in the current show, Peter Balazsy has demonstrated photography as a medium of color, fine carefully controlled color. His color is largely photographic color, but it has been liberated from pure description by being liberated from the surface of the photographic print by being transferred to another texture.
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The artist holds to no polemic or manifesto,
...but in his small, colored works,
he has joined a quiet revolution.
- review -
by Melvin Dennis
Director, Puchong Gallery 36A Third Ave.
Images (c)Peter Balazsy
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