Martin Blaszko (1920 - )

Estudio para ritmos bipolares (1993)
Study for Bipolar Rythms

Collage on card
height: 25.5cm
width: 33cm

Donated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro 1995


This abstract work is a collage on card with geometric forms in red, yellow, black and brown pasted on to a blue ground. Like many of Martín Blaszko's small, two-dimensional works this piece is a study for sculpture. Also fairly small in scale, Blaszko's sculpture is made from a variety of materials (sometimes painted) including bronze, wood and aluminium. Despite a comparatively small size, these are designed to be placed in the public domain; although physically diminutive they are frequently described as monumental, a quality that may be attributed to their soaring form and to Blaszko's strict compositional adherence to the Golden Mean.

The title of this work, Estudios para ritmos bipolares, points to another of the principles of Blaszko's work: his exploration of bipolarity, or the union of oppositions. Jacqueline Barnitz describes how, in Blasko's sculpture, 'the monumental and the human scale are blended into horizontal-vertical structures to form a perfect equilibrium, some in repose, others dynamic, always in tension' (Barnitz, 2000: 6).

In the course of Blaszko's career his sculpture has become increasingly dynamic; in this collage it appears that the tension between geometric forms is so great that the opposing elements have actually broken away from one another.

Jacqueline Barnitz, Martín Blaszko: Esculturas Urbanas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Glock, 2000.

Joanne Harwood, 2008

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