Heinz Mack, Light experiment, 1968-97. Aluminum, dimensions variable. View of work in the Wahiba Sands, Oman.

Seeing the Light: A Conversation with Heinz Mack

A pioneer of light, land, and kinetic art, Heinz Mack, who lives and works in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and in Ibiza, Spain, has been pursuing his utopian synthesis of aesthetics and science since the 1950s. After graduating from the Düsseldorf Art Academy, he teamed up with Otto Piene in 1957 to establish a new artistic direction; their “Zero Hour” experiments with kinetics and light soon formalized into a movement that attracted the interest of Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni. From ZERO to desert expeditions, to silver reliefs, prisms, cubes, and rotors, Mack’s diverse investigations into the perception of light, space, and color are now inspiring a new generation of artists… see the entire article in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.