Fine Art Painting: Early Evaporation by Iz Maglow

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"iz .art" : Meditative

"... The artist sums up works that he calls 'evaporations', which is the name of the creative process: Water is poured onto a primed canvas that adapts to a predetermined shape, and over the course of several weeks, the water evaporates and leaves behind circular, partially broken paint traces ...". That's how "Kunststoff" the Art Magazine for Trier, Saarbrücken (Germany) and Luxembourg described the experimental painting by Iz Maglow in 1983.

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Early, symbolic Evaporations
The surface of huge amounts of acrylic paint, which spread over a monochrome canvas and force itself into a geometric shape, respond to any slight wind and perform the "process of painting".

DOUBLE CROSS
DOUBLE CROSS
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 141 x 200 cm
15381071

study for DOUBLE CROSSDOUBLE CROSS in process
study on floor and document of development process 

"Kunststoff" the art magazine for Trier, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken: wrote in 1983 about the experimental color evaporation and Iz Maglow's intentions: "... The works ... are based on a concept that contrasts the following parameters: The shape of the canvas vs. the shape filled with color water; the solid vs. liquid material; the different colors. The material's behavior and colors, as well as the reflections that it causes in the viewer, are essential to him ..."

BIG DOUBLE CROSS
BIG DOUBLE CROSS
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 282 x 200 cm
15381132

BLACK AND WHITE EVAPORATION
BLACK AND WHITE EVAPORATION
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 138 x 100 cm
15381047

TRIANGLE EVAPORATION
TRIANGLE EVAPORATION
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 130 x 150 cm
75381087

VENUS
VENUS
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 69 x 43 cm
15381058

When Early Evaporations were exhibited in the Palais Walderdorff (Trier) in 1983, the Trierer Volksfreund wrote: "... there is a lot of effort to establish the development of an independent pictorial alphabet, with which in itself contained, but also elements of reality receptive and aesthetically more advanced works are formulated – such as 'Venus' or 'New Guinea' ..."

NEW GUINEA
NEW GUINEA
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 200 x 150 cm
15381084

NEW GUINEA in processNEW GUINEA in process
documentation of development process

A simple process between water and air, documented on two discs as on two earth-colored shields reminiscent of those used in New Guinea. (Inspired by dance shields from New Guinea)

FROZEN STAR
FROZEN STAR
acrylic on plastic foil,
1981, 250 x 250 cm
75381164
temporary installation Stuttgart / Germany,
team project with Detlef Weidert

FROZEN STAR in processFROZEN STAR in process
documentation of development process

In the midst of an accumulation of various kinds of evaporation, a FROZEN STAR forms the center. Different materials were brought together on several carriers and wind and sound generated reflections and sound waves.

BLACK FEATHERS
BLACK FEATHERS
pigment, acrylic on canvas,
1981, 265 x 83 cm
15381148

BLACK FEATHERS / Detail

Many different types of black pigments produce this gloss of "black feathers".

THREE AREA EVAPORATION
THREE AREA EVAPORATION
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 99 x 72 cm
15381076

THREE AREA EVAPORATION in processTHREE AREA EVAPORATION in processTHREE AREA EVAPORATION in processTHREE AREA EVAPORATION in process
THREE AREA EVAPORATION of development process

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Experimental evaporation paintings
Playing with forms and experimenting with materials and "containers" are the hallmarks of evaporation paintings and "post-drawings", all of which, in their own quiet way, are part of an ongoing process.

VINCENT
VINCENT
acrylic on canvas,
1982, 63 x 103 cm
13582001
private collection Stuttgart / Germany

The inspiration for this colorful and structured evaporation goes back to the painting "Crows over yellow Wheat Fields" by Vincent van Gogh. 

The Art Magazine for Trier, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken: Kunststoff in 1983 wrote about these experimental paintings: "... It is evident that these works too are primarily to be understood as the end products of processes. These pictures or objects are in 'full' condition lying on the ground and filled with water, a quality completely different from that on display, the color water creates a meditative calm due to the surface tension and light reflection."

EVAPORATION ON WET LACQUER
EVAPORATION ON WET LACQUER
lacquer and acrylic on bast canvas,
1981, 42 x 41,5 cm
15381053
private collection Stuttgart / Germany

WHITE CORNER
WHITE CORNER
textile color and acrylic on canvas,
1981, 42 x 42 cm
75381128
private collection Frankfurt / Germany

TOYS
TOYS
acrylic on canvas and wood,
1981, 92 x 43 cm
15381082

TOYS (development process)
document of development process

SWABIA BRIEFCASE
SWABIA BRIEFCASE
acrylic on canvas, briefcase,
1981, 40 x 45 cm
05381081

WAX FORMS
WAX FORMS
wax on canvas, wood,
1981, 78 x 93 cm
15381143

CONCENTRATION
CONCENTRATION
acrylic and wax on canvas, can, wood,
1981, 61 x 57 cm
15381079

CAN CROSS
CAN CROSS
acrylic on can,
1981, 32 x 32 cm
16580243

CAN CROSS
CAN CROSS
acrylic on can,
1981, 32 x 31 cm
1658024

STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
charcoal and chalk on paper,
1981, 42 x 59 cm
13681152

STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
charcoal and chalk on paper,
1982, 170 x 120 cm
13682019

STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
charcoal and chalk on paper,
1981, 180 x 120 cm
13681154

STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
STUDY OF EVAPORATION FORMS
charcoal and chalk on paper,
1981, 180 x 120 cm
13681153

Artistically related Paintings

In connection with the evaporation work, the painter examined in the early 1980s how colored materials under different influences such as soak, grease, folding, ... behave and possibly "communicate" with each other. In the 1990s, he took up a structuring related to this work with a completely different style of painting in his "Color Corners" again.

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Fold, drip and bulk Studies
"Folding Art" Iz Maglow called these monochrome studies. The idea for these paintings is based on experiments with materials such as wood, textiles, paper, canvas, water against oil, acrylic, graphite and various color pigments.

SQUARE FOLDING
SQUARE FOLDING
mixed materials on paper,
1980, 48 x 44 cm
15480154
 

SQUARE
STUDY: SQUARE
mixed materials on paper,
1980, 42 x 29 cm
25480135

RED CHESS
RED CHESS
acrylic on paper,
1980, 47 x 45 cm
15480155

RED CHESS
STUDY: RED CHESS
mixed materials on paper,
1980, 42 x 29 cm
25480137

HANGING FOLDING
HANGING FOLDING
multiple,
1980, 173 x 77 cm
15480161

BROWN
STUDY: BROWN
mixed materials on paper,
1980, 42 x 29 cm
25480136

RED BROWN
RED BROWN
acrylic on wood,
1980, 127 x 108 cm
15480202

"Drop and Draw" paintings: Contrasting, glossy or dull drops, lines and shapes that dominate these studies create an illusion of depth.

BLUE
BLUE
acrylic on canvas,
1980, 138 x 100 cm
15480203

WHITE WEB
WHITE WEB
acrylic on paper,
1980, 73 x 100 cm
15480213

RED NET
RED NET
acrylic on paper,
1980, 97 x 70 cm
15480214

BLACK
BLACK
acrylic and graphite on paper,
1980, 90 x 60 cm
15480218

RED GOES WET
RED GOES WET
acrylic on canvas,
1980, 138 x 100 cm
15480225

In these "Soak and Pour" paintings, the paint travels in thin and thick layers through wet, dry or greasy fields. It is partially sucked into dry canvas or poured in anticipation of its evaporation.

BLACK MEETS WHITE
BLACK MEETS WHITE
acrylic on canvas,
1980, 138 x 100 cm
15480226

COLOR GRADIENT OVER GRAPHITE
COLOR GRADIENT OVER GRAPHITE
graphite and acrylic on wood and gypsum,
1980, 51 x 46 cm
15480219

EVAPORATION ONE
EVAPORATION ONE
lack and acrylic on canvas,
1980, 70 x 64 cm
15480224

BLUE
BLUE
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 138 x 100 cm
15381054

BROWN
BROWN
acrylic on canvas,
1981, 138 x 100 cm
15381056

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Color Corners
Each color corner is different in shape and angle. With such corner paintings (or corner sculptures) Iz Maglow wanted to artistically emphasize those spatial points in which all three dimensions meet.

YELLOW-RED CORNER
YELLOW-RED CORNER
acrylic on cardboard, 21 wooden sticks,
1987, 32 x 40 cm
15487134
private collection Berlin / Germany
 

Spatial planning pays priority to the lower corners of our rooms. Furnishings or smaller decorations rarely refer to corners under the ceiling. "These intersections are articulated through my 'color corners.' These accents can connect or disconnect walls and ceilings, make them glow with bright colors, or just push a kiss into the corner that will make you smile for the rest of the day ..." Iz Maglow once said about his artistic color corners.

RED CORNER
RED CORNER
acrylic on cardboard and wood,
1987, 52 x 26 cm
15487131
private collection Berlin / Germany

SUMMER NIGHT
SUMMER NIGHT
acrylic on cardboard,
1987, 25 x 62 cm
15487057
private collection Berlin / Germany

YELLOW CORNER
YELLOW CORNER
acrylic on cardboard, 7 sticks,
1987, 47 x 30 cm
15487135

HOT CORNER
HOT CORNER
acrylic on cardboard,
1987, 60 x 38 cm
15487061
private collection Bonn / Germany

WATER FLIRT
WATER FLIRT
acrylic on cardboard,
1987, 32 x 50 cm
15487060