Hello! Today’s post is about an artist I was introduced to out of the blue, and after researching his work I wished I’d encountered him sooner! This post serves to outline Bálint Boloygó’s practice, discuss how it relates to mine, and evaluate its influence on my ideas.
Even upon first glance of Boloygó’s work, you can see it exists in the intersection between art, science, and engineering. Many of the pieces are intricate machines that carry out an ongoing process that unfolds in front of the viewer. For example, SkyLoupe (fig.1) involves a series of objects that interact with the beam of a laser, creating shimmering, ephemeral patterns of multicoloured light. Mappings II (fig.2) involves a rotating globe, onto which a pencil, which is driven by swinging pendulums, draws a pattern. Lastly, in Trace II (fig.3), a machine measures the undulations of a cast of a human face, and translates them into a topographical diagram, resulting in warped representations of the face.
Boloygó’s work involves motion, which in the Autumn term was one of the central motifs of my practice. He also expresses motion in a similar way; via constant, self-sufficient processes. I’ve noticed a particular similarity between SkyLoupe and my piece Wandering Star (which you can read about in 3.30), because they are both processes that explore the interaction between light and physical objects. While I used a projected animation and a rotating sheet of perspex, Boloygó uses lasers and slow-moving lenses to create more transient light patterns. This is an interesting take on this interaction idea, because it creates patterns that are harder to predict, and therefore perhaps more unique.
I would love to revisit this idea of the interaction between light and objects, and I feel Boloygó’s work would have been valuable to me back in Autumn. However, now my practice has moved on to different themes and mediums, so Boloygó’s work is less relevant to me at the present moment. This isn’t to say Boloygó’s work isn’t informative: I am still very much interested in art of this type, and perhaps as my current practice progresses his work will become a relevant source of inspiration.
Thanks for reading!