Like parts of a puzzle or the stones of a mosaic, Heinz Mack joins square after square, rectangle after rectangle and stripes of colour to form a complete picture in this Colour Chromatic from 2002. However, nothing was less on his mind than rigid geometry: the diagonally unfolding, ascending weave of forms is provided with a rhythm by the superimposition and juxtaposition of forms and colours, while an open painting style impels the form into lively movement with animated hatching and nips any formal rigidity or stasis of the image construction in the bud.
That the tone of the blue spectrum dominates in this sheet is no coincidence. Blue is after all the colour found most often in the work of the artist. While the Mediterranean colours of Ibiza may have provided the inspiration, the indigo of oriental mosaics or fabrics, of the sea or the radiant blue or deep black-blue sky extending over it day and night remains insignificant in the process. “Many painters allow themselves to be dominated by colour”, the artist emphasises. “I am willing to sometimes allow myself to be dominated by colour, as long as I master it in the end.”
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