Jan Astner – SYBARITIC POSES – post-painterly abstract painting
SYBARITIC POSES – post-painterly abstract painting
Jan Astner uses post-painterly abstract painting in a very individual way. In his artworks, he 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 effect of infinity is achieved through fragments of a perfectly smooth surface of the canvas. The paint gently covers the surface of the canvas. It is flat, without the expressive drawing left by the brush. Such painting is characteristic of an post-painterly abstract painting style.
The very first impression upon contact with the works of Jan Astner from the SYBARITIC POSES series are large areas of color referring to post-painterly abstract painting. SYBARITIC POSES are acts. The images show the contours of a body, the contours of a female body. Open, receiving. Maybe it is a blissful sybaritic rest. Maybe gratification, fulfillment after love, or maybe just a desire to be satisfied with yourself, with your femininity, with what is alluring, permissive, provocative? The second key information for the recipient of these works is encoded in the title. Sybaritism is a lazy, comfortable lifestyle in luxury and prosperity, the idea of a prosperous life, indulging in pleasure.
Expressionism in Jan Astner abstraction painting
In order to enhance the sensuality of his post-painterly abstract painting, Jan Astner places great emphasis on lighting. He exposes the brightest images to bright light, and exposes the dark ones in soft, diffused lighting. In this way, he wants to give the viewer a choice of mood that suits him best. That is, which one best allows you to match a person’s relationship with the selected image. Because the aim of his post-painterly abstraction painting is to build a bond between the viewer and the artwork.
Astner is looking for an answer to the question of how much expression potential is contained in color and the use of post-painterly abstract painting. In his artworks, he analyzes how to create an illusion of existence, an almost physical presence. He is not interested in movement, but in a static pose, a specific state.