Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)
oil, canvas, 75.2 × 100 cm
This is one of Balabán’s early works, dating from the first half of the 1980s, when his canvases still included descriptive elements. However, the painting is a harbinger of the symbolism that would later move to the core of his work. It depicts the poetic nature of the periphery, a raw “no-man’s-land” in which humans and nature come together. The quiet atmosphere evokes the works of Group 42. The concrete posts and barbed wires recall the fences of prison camps, expressing a commentary on the lack of freedom suffered by people living under a totalitarian regime.