Coming and Going by Margit Platny

Coming and Going #1. Acrylic on Canvas. 27.6 H x 11.8 W x 0.7 in

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.

Coming and Going #2. Acrylic on Canvas. 19.7 H x 19.7 W x 0.7 in

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.

Coming and Going #3. Acrylic on Canvas. 15.7 H x 19.7 W x 0.7 in

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.

Coming and Going #4. Acrylic on Canvas. 19.7 H x 19.7 W x 0.7 in

Pinguin by Margit Platny

Pinguin. Oil on Canvas. 66.9 H x 47.2 W x 0.7 in

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.