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Henry Art Gallery Presents Videowatercolors. Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries

The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington presents Videowatercolors. Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries an exhibition on view October 15, 2011 – January 22, 2012.

Carel Balth. Skyscape (Blue Horizon). 2003. Inkjet print. Private collection.

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 will place 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 Marek Wieczorek, University of Washington Associate Professor of Art History with generous support from the Mondriaan Foundation.

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