In this painting by Sanja Milenkovic, a multitude of swimmers frolic in an outdoor public pool. In the distance, sun bathers and picnickers lay about on the green lawn or under the shade of tall trees. The scene is pleasant, but distant; the observer is removed from the immediacy of the water play below.
In this colorful series of acrylic paintings by Margit Platny, we see figures traverse an abstract landscape defined in minimal fashion by brightly colored, highly textured horizontal planes.
The figures are painted, for the most part, like colorful shadows, contrasting with, but not entirely separated from their contexts. We see here that this is a man, but that is a woman. We see that that one is running, and the other walking up stairs.
We only see the features that their outlines might reveal. The details are irrelevant, as the figures are used decoratively, participant in, rather than focus of, the artwork’s aesthetic.
In this painting by Austrian artist Margit Platny, now living and working in Italy, a group of three figures painted in various shades of gray, are seen walking determinedly toward their own colorfully patterned shadows, which extend outward from their feet as might be observed in the last moments of daylight. The ground, painted in places green and others gray, is fog-like, as if the ground were a sheet of glass, or perhaps a mirror, upon which moisture had gathered such that it is only in their shadows that we can see more truly the nature of the world they walk upon.