As an artist and designer, Baltiner is equally attracted to the intoxicating rough-and-tumble beauty of the natural world and the seductive beauty of man-made modern design. Mother Nature’s incredible abundance conflicts and contrasts with the clean lines and glossy surfaces of modern living. Both of these realms have their appeal, and they also have their dark-sides.
Nature is not neat, or clean, or fair. Disease and destruction often reign, and the rule is natural selection, a brutal and effective carving knife that shapes our world. Human kind is learning the hard way–as we poison our environments and each other with our quest for modern convenience and easy abundance–that Modern Living is no different. Batliner's paintings play with this awkward and yet fascinatingly beautiful relationship in a subtle and formal manner: he contrasts organic plant forms, alternately full of life or in a stark wasteland, with geometric shapes and abstracted patterns that symbolize humanity’s designs and dreams.
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