Balint Bolygo

Bolygó’s work explores the similarity between the artistic and scientific mind. His work explores how both minds are motivated by the same need to discover/uncover, and turn resulting ideas into totalities.

His work explores the artistic practice through a process of invention, science and engineering. His mechanical instruments become autonomous and investigate the making process independently. The relationship between the cyclic and predictable nature of the machine and the unpredictability of the human touch conjures up both notions of random chaos and universal order. With the elimination of the artist’s touch, the natural universal forces become the creators of the artwork and the emphasis shifts towards the ‘act of creation’ being the object of beauty. The machine’s process and the resulting images become inseparable dynamics of the work.

Polycycle examines the way the seemingly predictable and cyclic movement of a spirograph can result in an image that is quite unexpected. The mechanisms become more interesting when their inaccuracies and flaws as machines introduce elements of chaos and confusion and suspend its universal order. The unpredictable nature of the materials used leave traces of disarray but also of chance in the structured frame of things. The mechanism will work on the surface and will either draw or etch a slowly accumulating rhythm of patterns over the duration of the show.