Jan Astner – SYBARITIC POSES – abstract acts
SYBARITIC POSES are abstract acts. The paintings show contours of the body, the contours of the female body. They are freely endless poses, bodies satisfied with themselves. That is why the forms of abstract acts are fluid, shaky, changeable, not always obvious. Jan Astner looks for an answer to the question of how much potential for expression color contains. The color intensity is stunning. The abstract act and background on which it is presented shows the richness of sybaritic life. There is life, activity.
Sybaritism is a lazy, comfortable lifestyle in luxury and prosperity, the idea of a prosperous life, indulging in pleasure. In SYBARITIC POSES series, Jan wants to show the infinity and durability of certain states. He considers the pursuit of happiness as a permanent process. He recognizes it as the goal of life. The artist knows that lasting happiness is impossible. The abstract acts form suggests a blissful sybaritic rest, it emanates saturation with oneself, femininity, and what is attractive.
Symbolism of colour in abstract acts
The first impression of contact with the works of Jan Astner of the SYBARITIC POSES series is the power of color. Large areas of color referring to color field painting. Moving from one color to another, he uses colors of similar value, other times strongly contrasting. In this way, it symbolizes a search for fulfillment, happiness. The second impression is the double spaces on each abstract act. Strong contours. Strongly marked and dividing the image into parts. The division is so decisive that it does not allow both spaces to penetrate. It creates two worlds. This outer part is softer in expression, a bit ascetic, it coolly reflects what is happening in the inner part.
Great power of emotions
The painter analyzes how it is possible to create the illusion of existence, almost physical presence. He is not interested in movement, but in a static pose, a specific state. State of contentment, satisfaction, happiness. Color is the most essential element of the SYBARITIC POSES series of abstract acts. It was applied decisively to show its emotional impact. Jan chooses the colors very carefully. Thanks to this, he wants to achieve an emotional effect of great power.
The artist used a precise line and rigorously limited the composition. The abstract form is meant to express the infinity of the process. To achieve this goal, the naturalistic representation of nature is eliminated. Abstract acts exist implicitly, they are not obvious or direct. Associations with any clearly defined object are rejected.