It is a falcon's wing, as there are still others at Balthasar Burkhard - crow's wings or swan's wings. Will it open, will it fold back along the body after a beat? Silky river of silver stains and dark accents that disappear against a background of darkness. Woman's set.
The Swiss artist is a photographer. It frames human and animal figures, plants and shells, cascades and rolls of waves, bodies and portraits, isolated limbs and organs taken as many close-ups and details.
But his work does not confine itself to the object, opening up to landscaped space. He contemplates from above the grid of immense suburbs (Mexico) or by far the backwash of the deserts (Namibia).
His art is to transform fleeting visions into coats of arms, realism into abstraction, with a surprisingly vibrant sensibility, where shadow plays with the laughs of light.
For the past ten years, Burkhard has used rotogravure to give his images of the density of blacks and the spectrum of values inherent in this technology, developed a century and a half ago, to give stability and permanence to the still entropy-prone photographic image by engraving on copper.
Height: 47 cm
Width: 32.4 cm
Artist and engraver: Balthasar Burkhard (1944-2010)
Engraving date: 2001
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