Kučera, Zdeněk / Tangram
acrylic, hardboard, 105 × 105 cm
This painting dates from Kučera’s late period; by this time he had been exploring geometric relationships for many years. His works from this period are based on an entirely minimalist form of expression, with a stark colour scheme reduced to the duality of blue and red. The painting demonstrates the artist’s thought processes as its rational geometric shapes are varied to create countless compositional relationships and structures. At first sight it appears rational, but the dynamism concealed within it leaves a powerful emotive imprint on the viewer. The initially cold-seeming geometric grid eventually develops into an open array of varied possibilities for interpreting the shapes, evoking thoughts of eternity and paradox.