Is it a sin to see beauty in colourful plastic trash?
Balázs Csizik uses plastic waste found on the beach to create artistic compositions reminiscent of suprematist images
One of humanity’s most pressing issues is to reduce pollution in the oceans, because according to predictions they will contain more plastic than fish by the year 2050. So far ca. 150 million tons of waste have made it into the seas, however this figure is rising daily at a disturbing rate. The sight of discarded straws, plastic cups, soft drink bottles and other piles of synthetic waste has alas become part of the beach landscape; but even more worryingly these slowly but surely choke wildlife too. These various pieces of plastic occasionally arrange themselves into interesting compositions that reveal – at a push – certain aesthetic features. This is what this series endeavours to demonstrate, where the viewer sees the objects as artworks and as documents of a problem that needs to be tackled at the same time.
Balázs Csizik has a master’s degree in visual communication, his field of research is the situation of contemporary Hungarian abstract photography. He is primarily interested in contemporary architecture and abstract art styles. Beyond this he mainly studies the work of constructivist artists from the turn of the 20th century and their works based on the reduction of colour and shape. His images are characterised by the play with plane shapes and the compositions originating from them.
The series is a personal salute to Kazimir Malevich, the genius father of Suprematism.