Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Untitled - Chromatic Constellation), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

78 x 78 cm / framed 80 x 80 cm
30 x 30 inch / framed 31 x 31 inch

Signed and dated "mack 16” at the centre bottom
Signed and dated “mack 16” on the back at the top left of the canvas

- studio frame -

N 9296

About the work

"The rectangular canvas as image carrier; I accept it again”, is how Heinz Mack expressed it in his thoughts on painting, published in a volume about the paintings of the artist from 1991 to 2001. His Chromatic Constellations have been created since 1991, when he once again picked up the brush after years of painting abstinence. The artist is interested here in a pictorial involvement with light and colour. Like here, where the colour progression from delicate off-white to deep, dark blue suggests the refraction of light that takes place when light falls on a prism and is broken down into the spectral colours. The painting with the stripes of colour arranged rhythmically next to one another appears to radiate from within itself like the coloured glass of a church window when sunlight falls upon it and the interior is colourfully illuminated. "Painting has always fascinated me when it is filled with light. However, painting is also much more than that for me: it is this foreground of the endlessly deep and black space in which light and colour have become one and inseparable. The identity of light and colour that is visible in the spectrum is the subject of my painting - it is its only object.”
The material quality of the painting materials plays no great role in the process. The paste-like application of paint is not the preference of the painter. He often consciously applies his paint thin, but then in several layers, so that the lower layers and the white canvas often still shimmer through. It is the illuminated volume of the paint, its radiance and lucidity, that the artist is interested in.
His entire work resembles a homage to light. "My interest is in...”, says the artist: "...a painting in which simple, elementary colour forms allow the colour to breathe, to vibrate, to radiate, to flow, to glow, to rest. (…) a painting in which the contrasts of the colours are vital, in which, however, a multiple chromatic refraction of the colours results in a great wealth of nuances. ---- A painting in which opaque and transparent colours contrast, but are at the same time causal for one another, in the sense of brightening and shading, compression and transparency. - A painting in which the colours are concrete, appear as colourful, present matter and at the same time immaterial, as energy fields, as levels of vibration in the irrational pictorial space.”
(Mack. Malerei 1991-2001, Mönchengladbach 2001)

Text authored and provided by Dr. Doris Hansmann, Art historian

Studies of art history, theater, film and television, English and Romance Languages at the University of Cologne, doctorated in 1994. Research assistant at the Art Museum Düsseldorf. Lecturer and project manager at Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Freelance work as an author, editor and book producer for publishers and museums in Germany and abroad. From 2011 chief editor at Wienand Verlag, since 2018 senior editor at DCV, Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin. Numerous publications on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Heinz Mack, Untitled - Chromatic Constellation, 2016, 78 x 78 cm / framed 80 x 80 cm, N 9296
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