Hexagon VIII. Original color silkscreen, cca. 1970. Edition of 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Marko Spalatin was a modern and contemporary artist from Croatia, who immigrated to the USA in his late teens. His artwork is characterized by abstract geometric forms defined by interesting manipulation of color and light. This interplay of forms, colors and lights primary creates a spatial illusion of three-dimensionality and also different effects. “I find that precisely defined areas of color, when placed against each other, compete for dominance. This activity, when further accentuated by tonal structure, produces multiple levels of perception. A given area of uniformly applied pigment loses its flat character through simultaneous contrast with the surrounding colors.” Spalatin wasn’t manipulating just with color and light but also with geometrical shapes, so this series includes many repetitive forms which create hexagons, but at first sight they look like a colorful kaleidoscope.