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Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries

North Galleries

October 15, 2011January 22, 2012


Image 1 / 12: Carel Balth. Moving IV.

Image 2 / 12: Carel Balth. Artwork without the Tulipman.

Image 3 / 12: Carel Balth. Skyscape (Blue Horizon).

Image 4 / 12: Carel Balth. Transvision V.

Image 5 / 12: Carel Balth. A la Recherche.

Image 6 / 12: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 7 / 12: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 8 / 12: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 9 / 12: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 10 / 12: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 11 / 12: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Image 12 / 12: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries.

Dutch artist Carel Balth is one of a steadily growing group of artists exploring the intersections between photography, painting, and new media. In his most recent series Videowatercolors (2001— ), Balth combines on watercolor paper or canvas two or more nearly identical moments from a digital video recording, thereby drawing analogies between the constant flow of pixels and the fluidity of watercolor. Ostensibly simple, the subtle differences between the images trace complex shifts in time, movement, rhythm, orientation, light, and color, blending into a multifaceted ensemble and reflecting on essential conditions of perception, imaging, and imagination. This exhibition places Balth’s oeuvre of four decades in the context of a group of his contemporaries from the Henry’s collection, among them Gerhard Richter, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Luisa Lambri.

Curated by University of Washington Associate Professor of Art History Marek Wieczorek. The exhibition is made possible with major funding from The Boeing Company and the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam. It is also supported with public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service.
Featured artists: Carel Balth
Image 1: Carel Balth. Moving IV. 2001. Inkjet print on canvas. Private collection.
Image 2: Carel Balth. Artwork without the Tulipman. 1986. Chromogenic color print. Private collection.
Image 3: Carel Balth. Skyscape (Blue Horizon). 2003. Inkjet print. Private collection.
Image 4: Carel Balth. Transvision V. 2011. Inkjet print on aluminum with epoxy. Private collection
Image 5: Carel Balth. A la Recherche. 1995. Inkjet print on canvas. Private collection.
Image 6: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 7: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 8: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 9: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 10: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 11: Carel Balth. Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 12: Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries. (installation view). 2011-2012. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez