The exhilarating, care–free feeling of spring, expressed through the means of geometric abstraction infuses the painting "Spring Swing" by Heinz Mack. The associative title alludes to the effervescent movements, dancing rhythms and the positive mood of the season. In contrast to other, more austere and unadorned compositions, Mack is playing here with triangular and trapezoidal forms of varying dimensions and configurations, which fill the canvas like random mosaics. Interposed between them are narrow rectangular elements. The intensity of the pastel colour values decreases from bottom to top. A grid comprising small white and black squares are peppered over the entire surface and strewn across the coloured fields like a wide–meshed net, with the horizontal centre marking the flowing transition from dark to bright elements. This generates the impression of moving from a closed to an open realm, which lends the work an additional spatial dimension. With his almost casual expressivity, Mack formulates the notion of a vibrant motion of colour and form across the canvas. The light hues of spring interact with the dynamic interlocking of the colour fields to create a dense, seemingly random constellation of colour and form. Contrasting with the free and nonchalant interplay of the colour fields is the clear schematic organising principle underlying the raster of squares. Thus the restless interaction between the fixed order and the dynamic instability defines the conceptual strategy of the work, which also demonstrates starkly the importance of rhythm within Mack's creative output: For it binds the disparate elements together, creates harmony and shapes our optical perception. This effect is reinforced by the light–drenched colours, which, by virtue of the judicious punctuation of the square elements, appear to pulsate.
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