Heinz Mack - Tender Touch - Chromatische Konstellation (Tender Touch), 2003

Acrylic on canvas

87 x 114 cm / framed 89 x 116 cm
34 x 44 inch / framed 35 x 45 inch

signed, dated at the centre bottom: mack 3
titled “tender touch” reverso on the turned down canvas in the middle left
signed, dated reverso on the canvas in the upper middle to the left: mack3

- with studio frame -

N 9493   Reserved 

About the work

Mack is no longer oriented to the reproduction of the visible with his creative will. Instead, the elements of the environment, light, space and air, are made visible in his art. The grey colourfulness of "Tender Touch" refers to Mack’s light reliefs and light columns, through which he revolutionised the concept of art in the 1960s. These works of metal and Plexiglas appear to light up from within, although they have no actual light source of their own. They reflect, bundle, refract and disperse the ambient light. Light and space thus become experienceable in a new way. Light, which is in itself invisible, becomes visible. And, as varied as the facets of the overall work of Heinz Mack might be, the goal of creating an equivalent material manifestation for that which is actually immaterial permeates the entire oeuvre of the artist.
A colour spectrum of orange, violet, blue and yellow is placed in the painting in square forms in the Chromatic Constellation "Tender Touch". Mack uses the colour values that result from the refraction of light in a prism. Like different acoustic tones, the colours sound here when seen. The horizontal accompaniment by the colour bars in shades of grey appears like a neutral border within which this composition can unfold. Grey as a shade is found here as a neutral expression, which intensifies the multivocality of the colourful centre.  

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, Tender Touch, 2003, 87 x 114 cm / framed 89 x 116 cm, N 9493
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