Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Untitled - Chromatic Constellation), 2017

Acrylic on cardboard

42 x 60 x 3 cm / framed 43 x 61 x 3 cm
16 x 23 x 1 inch / framed 16 x 24 x 1 inch

Signed and dated bottom right "Mack 17"

- with frame painted by the artist -

N 9297

About the work

As a co-founder of the ZERO artist movement, which was called to life in 1957 in Düsseldorf, the sculptor, painter and philosopher Heinz Mack is, alongside Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, one of the most well-known and successful representatives of this modern art current in Europe. The randomly chosen name “Zero” meant a zone of silence, of concentration and meditation, in the interests of the sheer possibility of a radical new beginning beyond the traditional conceptions of art. Decisive was the intensive occupation with the expressive factors of light, kinetic movement and spatial structures, which were to be forged into a total unit. The conventional meaning of the pictorial means of colour, form and area, which were to be provided with a new dimension, was placed in question and re-explored. The examination of light energies in interaction with movements and reflections on the surface and in space thus advanced to become one of the central intentions in the work of Heinz Mack. Following a creative interruption of painting, in which he dedicated himself exclusively to sculpture between 1963 and 1991, Mack resumed his work with brush and coloured chalk on cardboard and canvas with undiminished force of expression in the early 1990s and continues this work to the present day with great joy in creation. This resulted and continues to result in sometimes large-scale paintings and works on paper planned as series, which Mack calls “Chromatic Constellations”. Derived from the realm of music, the term chromaticism refers to the “recolouring” of pitches by raising them or lowering them by a semitone. The element of colour is already contained in this theoretical model and provides Mack with the inspiration for the subtitle of the work cycle. His visual implementation of musical chromaticism in non-representational painting shows a rhythmic sequence of colour hues, which are reminiscent of prismatic refractions in the room. The radiant colourfulness, together with the shimmering, semi-transparent application of paint, generates a dynamic-emotional power of pictorial creation from the inside out.
( Andreas Gabelmann )

Text authored and provided by Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, Art Historian

Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, art historian, born 1967 in Landau. Programmes of study in art history, architectural history and literature in Karlsruhe and Bamberg. 1999 Doctoral thesis on the Badenese Expressionist August Babberger (1885-1936). 2000 to 2002 Practical training at the Brücke-Museum Berlin. 2003 to 2004 Scientific staff member of the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Singen. Since 2005, active as a freelance art historian, author and curator for museums, art associations, galleries, foundations, artist estates, the press and publishing houses in Germany and Switzerland. Numerous publications on modern art with a focus on Expressionism and extending to contemporary art. Publication of the new catalogue raisonné of the printed graphic works of Erich Heckel (will appear in autumn of 2021). Lives and works in Radolfzell on Lake Constance.

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Heinz Mack, Untitled - Chromatic Constellation, 2017, 42 x 60 x 3 cm / framed 43 x 61 x 3 cm, N 9297
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