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Heinz Mack

"Untitled", 2013

Acrylic on canvas

37.01 x 40.94 in / framed 44.49 x 50.79 in

Signed, dated

- with craftsman's frame -

N9112


Über das Werk

The starting point in the art of Heinz Mack is light - as he himself has frequently reiterated in various interviews on the significance of colour in his work. His fundamental focus is directed at the exploration of colour and its impact. This quasi scientific preoccupation also comports with Mack's decision to orientate his painting more around structures than compositions. And logically speaking, a painting predicated more on structure than on composition consists of equal elements. For example, in isolation, the individual colour-zones in this present work from 2013 intimate a mere suggestion of meaning. Only when acting in concert, however, do they convey genuine meaning to the viewer. As is the case here, a painting which is sustained by the notion of non-relationality frequently resorts to symmetries. Dispensing with any extra-pictorial references, this artistic approach was inspired by the American artist Frank Stella in the late 1950s. And although Mack liberates himself from compositional traditions, he still attaches great importance to the aesthetic category of beauty, and the continuum of coloured light remains an object of his enquiry. However, in contrast to the colour chromatics which he painted from the 1960s onwards, the transitions or nuances between the individual colours are no longer of importance here. This present work is among the series Mack collectively named the "Chromatic Constellations". His choice of title also has a conceptional character, since, on the one hand, it alludes directly to the “colour chromatics” in which Mack traces the colours of the rainbow, whilst, on the other hand, highlighting the fact that he is reaching beyond the continuum of the rainbow.
(Andrea Fink-Belgin)


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