The Vinyls — Overview

The Vinyls (1997-1999) explore qualities of light on pliable, undulating surfaces, alternately invoking questions of social connectivity and ethical responsibility.

(1997-1999)

Balth in The Vinyls used the same process of the dot-shooting of colour, not on canvas, as with the Laser Paintings, but on vinyl, which keeps the tiny dots intact and produces a ‘pointillist’ merger of colours on the retina.

The Vinyls – Skylines. Solo Exhibition Gemeentemuseum (now Kunstmuseum) Den Haag 1999

He thereby draws the viewer into a playful mobility between close-up and distance, while simultaneously conjuring up a new imagery on the edge of recognisability, imagery that abstractly invokes questions of social connectivity and ethical responsibility. The search for the deeper qualities of light and reflection, coupled with a pliable, undulating surface and often contemplative mood, invokes a Proustian search for lost time.