Acrylic on canvas
37 x 57 "
Stanczak was one of the leaders of the "OP Art" ("Optical Art") movement, which flourished in the 1960s and 1970s. Even though he never liked it, the term "Optical Art" itself was coined by art critics in response to Stanczak's first one person exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in 1964. (Jackson titled the exhibition "Julian Stanczak--Optical Paintings" over the objection of Stanczak and his teacher, Josef Albers.) Stanczak is best known for his vibrant exploration of color relationships, and his work is best seen as a continuation of the logical exploration of color begun by Delacroix, the Impressionists and particularly the Neo-Impressionist ("pointillist") painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.
"Spacial" is an extremely complex painting, consisting of numerous shifts in color that give the visual appearance of an unfolding, rounded form, floating in an ambigous space.
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