New Collage — Overview

Between 1979 and 1982 Balth explored the idea of collage through new perspectives in the New Collage series.


Balth revived collage to include the medium of photography, juxtaposing a piece of reflective foil that reflects real light back to the viewer with its photographed double, which, placed in close proximity, reflects an earlier reality.

These elements reveal what is real and what is only represented, while putting the idea of collage itself into question. Commonplace motifs engage in a magical play of real-scale juxtaposition, contrasts and similarities, materiality and transcendence, with light raking across walls that are marked by the shadows cast by the foil, which curve in real space and rhyme in turn with the curves of cutout shapes.