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

Acrylic on canvas

46 x 63 cm / framed 47 x 64 cm
18 x 24 inch / framed 18 x 25 inch

signed and dated bottom right "mack 16"
reverso on the canvas signed and dated "mack 16"

N 9367

About the work

As one of the co-founders of the international art movement ZERO 1957, Heinz Mack became world-famous for his light installations and light reliefs. The paintings, too, such as the “Chromatic Constellations”, are expressions of his lifelong occupation with the theme of light. It is not narrative compositions that define his work. Instead, the oeuvre unfolds in the interplay of colours and forms. The vibrancy of the colour and the exact forms realise an intensive and unique pictorial world. Colour, light and music play the main roles in the artistic work of Mack, who was born in 1931 in Lollar/Hesse.
chromaticity is understood as colour intensity. In addition to the hue and the brightness, this is the third important property of colour. Important for Heinz Mack in his works is the effect of the various colour intensities. This artistic examination can be comprehended especially clearly in the work presented here. The blue widths of colour arranged in vertical stripes exhibit different intensity levels of blue. The focus of the work is on the radiance and the depth of the colour blue. The pale pink last component is, like the violet picture framing, used as a contrast.
At the same time, the concept of chromaticism is also familiar from music. In tonal music, the “recolouring” of a pitch by raising or lowering it by a semitone is referred to as chromaticism. The chromatic variants for “F”, for example, are “F sharp” and “F flat”. Here too, a hue is varied, its expression intensified. The entire compositional system of Mack’s works also resemble musical scores, because his rhythmically structured pictorial world reveals the entire spectrum of the prism in its geometric ornamentation.
Heinz Mack is able to visualise light as colour with his pictorial language – and to also make this audible to the inner ear.
( Andrea Fink )

Text authored and provided by Dr Andrea Fink, art historian

The art historian, curator and freelance publicist Andrea Fink studied art history, cultural studies and humanities, modern history and philosophy in Bochum and Vienna. Doctorate in 2007 on the work of the Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. As a freelance curator and art consultant, her clients include, among others, the Kunstverein (art association) Ahlen, Kunstverein Soest, Wella Museum, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, ThyssenKrupp AG, Kulturstiftung Ruhr, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Franz Haniel GmbH, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria.

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Heinz Mack, Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - Chromatic Constellation ), 2016, 46 x 63 cm / framed 47 x 64 cm, N 9367
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