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Joan Balzar 1960+

West Vancouver Museum
West Vancouver BC – Sep 9-Oct 31, 2009

Joan Balzar, Fusion (1967)

Joan Balzar, Fusion (1967), acrylic and neon tubing, collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery [West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Oct 31]

West Vancouver artist Joan Balzar was a key figure in the development of abstract painting on the West Coast during the 1960s. She played an active role at Intermedia, an important centre for interdisciplinary activity. A pivotal force at a time when Vancouver emerged as a city known for experimental art and music, she has continued to manipulate abstracted fields of psychedelic colour and light for the past five decades. 

Balzar is best known for her hard-edge striped paintings and for her work with such industrial materials as neon tubing and plastic. She saw neon light as a model for new optical possibilities and as an expanded notion of the painting medium. Titles like Liquid Heat, Nova and Sonic Core reflect her ongoing search for new technologies that could take advantage of "the multiplicity of human sensorium", both optical and auditory.

ARTIST TALK
1:30pm
Sunday, September 19
West Vancouver Museum

Balzar had a major retrospective of her work at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Belkin Satellite) in 2003. 1960+ features work created between 1960 and 1972, and includes Electra (1967-2009), a piece with neon tubing updated for this exhibition. The exhibition has been assembled from the collections of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and presents a selection of recent abstract paintings. Joan Balzar is currently represented by the Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver, BC.

Mia Johnson

Joan Balzar, Spinner I (1965)

Joan Balzar, Spinner I (1965), acrylic on canvas [West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Oct 31]

Joan Balzar

Joan Balzar, Electra (1967-2009), acrylic on canvas with neon tubing, collection of the West Vancouver Museum [West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Oct 31]

Joan Balzar

[above and below] Joan Balzar, installation [West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver BC, Sep 9-Oct 31]
Photos: urbanpictures.com, 2009
 

Joan Balzar


 Tue, Sep 22, 2009