Acrylic on canvas
80 x 50 "
Stanczak was one of the leaders of the "OP Art" ("Optical Art") movement, which flourished during 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.
"Low Sound" is an extremely complex painting, yet one that focuses on the achromatic (black/white) scale. The painting consists of numerous value (light/dark) shifts that lead to the visual appearance of a rounded, glowing form that collapses into an infinite depth.
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