Linie Nr. 74
Oil on canvas. 200 x 200 cm. Signed and dated 'Sýkora 1990' verso on canvas. Signed, dated and titled 'Zdenek Sýkora: Linie nr. 74, 1990 Z.Sýkora' verso on stretcher and with dimensions and technical information. - Traces of studio and minor traces of age.
“Art that is incapable of feeling and perceiving the intellectual dimension of current scientific findings and practice is neither contemporary nor progressive. The possibilities of new media and knowledge will continue to keep me under their spell if they can intensify or elucidate the expression of my attitude towards life”. (Zdenek Sýkora, Gespräch mit Zdenek Sýkora, Interview: Vítek Capek and Zdenek Sýkora, in: Richard W. Gassen (ed.), Zdenek Sýkora, Retrospektive, exhib.cat. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen 1995, p.85).
Early on, Zdenek Sýkora recognises the possibilities that new technologies hold in store for him regarding his creative work. As early as the 1960s, he started using computer software to calculate lines and structures that he then manually transferred to the canvas. Based on his system, he uses number combinations which determine the curvature, the thickness as well as the colour if his lines.
In Linie Nr. 74 [line no.74], different aspects are combined that have characterised Sýkora's oeuvre since 1980s such as the varying length and width of lines meandering across the image field. By partially protruding out of the image field and by evoking a special effect of depth through superimposition, they convey a sense of infinity. Sýkora illustrates the interplay of systematics and randomness with a highly innovative aesthetic, connecting his artistic work to trend-setting science. At the same time, he finds an expressiveness that uniquely voices his creative calculations, transforming them into a meditative visual landscape.
The present work is registered in the Lenka Sýkorová and Zdenék Sýkora archive, Louny.
Acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Rhineland
Hagen 2015 (Emil-Schumacher-Museum), Zdenék Sýkora, System und Kraft der Linie, exhib.cat., p.48 with colour illus.
Prague 2010 (Galerie der Hauptstadt Prag), Zdenék Sýkora 90, exhib.cat., p.38
Ludwigshafen 1995 (Wilhelm-Hack-Museum), Zdenék Sýkora, Retrospektive, exhib.cat., p.107 with colour illus.
Prague 1995 (Galerie der Haupstadt Prag), Zdenék Sýkora, Retrospektive, exhib.cat., p.33
Vienna1993 (Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Museum Moderne Kunst), Détente, exhib.cat., p.112
Ludwigshafen 1992 (Wilhelm-Hack-Museum), Zufall als Prinzip, Spielwelt, Methode und System des 20. Jahrhunderts, exhib.cat., p.319
Bad Münstereifel-Mahlberg 1991 (Galerie Heinz Teufel), Zdenék Sýkora, exhib.cat., p.51
Prague 1991 (Nová sín), Zdenék Sýkora