Friday, August 28, 2009

Joan Balzar 1960+

Joan Balzar 1960+
Opening reception September 8, 2009, 7pm
Exhibition runs to October 31, 2009
Artist Talk on September 19 at 1:30pm

Since the 1960’s Joan Balzar has experimented with neon light and vibrant colours testing the limits of the canvas in her large-scale abstract works. Balzar, a long-term resident of West Vancouver, is recognised as an important figure in the development of abstract painting on the West Coast. Produced during a period of enthusiasm and innovation 1960-1972, the majority of the works in Joan Balzar 1960+ will be on display for the first time. This includes Electra (1967-2009), a piece with neon tubing created by the artist for this exhibition.


Balzar formulated her own response to the complex artistic requirements of the new space age through her exploration of the rhythm of colour and its relation to scale and perception. Her use of pulsating, modulated shapes and bold scale activate a powerful sensory and experiential relationship between the artwork and its viewer. Titles, such as Electra, Spinner I and Fusion, attest to Balzar’s desire to create a space that is active with the energy of the urban cosmos. Similarly, Sonic Core and Perimeter II signal a move beyond the visual towards the multiplicity of human sensoria which include the optical and aural.

Photo: Joan Balzar and Herbert Gilbert at the artist’s studio.
c. 1969, photographer unknown.