Art criticism


Matrix is the term used to describe a way of perceiving the world through a pair of glasses as if it is magnified or diminished - and not only that.
Matrix is a pattern of perception which not only magnifies or diminishes but is also heavy with ideals which guide, seduce, accompany and alter one's gaze. The matrix is the basis of perception, it is always there, even if something is not perceived.
In Claudia Platz artistic interpretation it is not clear what exactly the matrix is in the painting. The glance into the red through the ornamental foramina? Or the look into the ornamentation through the red?
There is no foreground or background in the painting; there is no prevalence. The colour exists as a matrix, vombined, decorated, ambiguously monochrome, composed.
In this case, the matrix is a symptomatic representation of how the painting which has no matrix and at the same time is the matrix, is perceived.
The strength of this artist lies in the composition of the colours, which are neither wan nor dull but mainly primary and secondary intense and dreamy. They produce visual worlds which are complementary shapes which as it were, can move and change within the colour.
These pictures of colour are evocative of the great modernist painters: Giacomo Balla, Wilhelm Ostwald, Josef Albers and Piet Mondrian whose colour compositions which are usually in strict, geometrical compositions, have made new and valuable contributions to art.
We can look forward to see what this particular artist will contribute to this form of painting - particularly as colour cubism becomes the theme of contemporary art.
The painting MATRIX by Claudia Platz represents the way in which we perceive a painting which has no matrix and at the same time is the matrix.

Translation Jane Darling


60 x 80 cm
Acrylics on canvas 2006