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New Work: Reflective Rhythms in Yellow ... by Martin Lukas Ostachowski

New Work: Reflective Rhythms in Yellow ... by Martin Lukas Ostachowski

After a few busy weeks, I am excited to have finally finished my painting titled “Reflective Rhythms in Yellow …”. It is my first painting I have submitted to an art contest. I had to create it under quite a time constraint as this year’s theme Vibration was only released in the beginning of October. The 12th edition of the Concours d’œuvres d’art de la Chaudière-Appalaches is held by the museum Musée Marius Barbeau in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Québec.

New Work: Reflective Rhythms in Yellow ... by Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Reflective Rhythms in Yellow … | 29.7 x 42 cm | 11 3/4” x 16 1/2” | Acrylics on mixed, layered paper | Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Here is a short description which I submitted with the painting:

The work evokes the vibrational movement of a flag in the wind. The horizontal woven paper strips and the cut-outs create a rhythmic structure while the images of the flag break this order. The layering, weaving and cutting of the paper create depth. The horizontal stripes of woven paper create the visual effect of vibration and reflection of light and color by following the movement of the flag, which leaves a mark of its path in the sky. The yellow stripes of woven paper suggest the movement of the flag in the past and also allow us to imagine the trajectory of the flag in the future.

The sky covered with blue colors appears alive and in constant evolution and represents the mosaic of cultures in Québec. In the system of international maritime signal flags, the yellow flag represents the letter Q, and the word Québec (when spoken). The yellow flag fluttering  in the wind, a symbol of freedom, expresses the dynamic and vibrant Québécois culture.

L’œuvre évoque le mouvement vibratoire d’un drapeau dans le vent. Les bandes horizontales de papier tissé ainsi que les découpages créent une structure rythmique tandis que les images du drapeau viennent briser cette structure. La superposition, le tissage et le découpage du papier amènent une profondeur au tableau. Les bandes horizontales de papier tissé créent un effet visuel de vibration et de réflexion de la lumière et de la couleur en suivant le mouvement du drapeau, qui laisse une marque de sa trajectoire dans le ciel. Les bandes jaunes de papier tissé nous suggèrent le mouvement du drapeau dans le passé et nous permettent aussi d’imaginer la trajectoire du drapeau dans le futur.

Le ciel tapissé de couleurs bleues est rendu vivant et en constante évolution et représente la mosaïque des cultures au Québec. Dans le code international des signaux maritimes, le drapeau jaune représente la lettre Q et le mot Québec. Le drapeau jaune vibrant dans le vent, un symbole de liberté, exprime donc la culture québécoise dynamique et vibrante.

Last update March 10, 2016

Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction artist based in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. I explore the blockchain through the subject of clouds in physical and digital mediums.

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