Squares of Light (2004)
Acrylic painting by Rae Chichilnitsky


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  • Size: 30 × 30 × 1 in / 30 × 30 in (actual image size)
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Rae Chichilnitsky

United States

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Artist's description:

This abstract original artwork is more of an installation than a painting. I've created it for my son's very modern, gallery-like townhouse that boasted lots of oversized vacant white-walled spaces, screaming for some colors. Initially, my intent was to decorate the interior. Only after this artwork was completed, I've realized that it has a much deeper meaning.

This piece of art consists of 9 square canvases, 10"x10"x1.5" each; placed 3 in a row, it makes a larger 30"x30" square (the size of complete installation). Eight of the squares are painted with acrylic, each in different color. Seven of them represent the colors of the light spectrum (these colors have some texture and movement to it and as such, each square is a mini-painting in itself) and one is painted solid black. The central square is white with a black hieroglyph in its center. So, here's the symbolism of this piece...
- the spectrum of the seven colors is contained within white
- black is opposite of white
- in Western culture, black symbolizes death (grief, mourning), while in Eastern culture, death is symbolized by white.
- the meaning of the black Japanese hieroglyph is "life"

So, in the end, this art work turned out to be about "many in one", about relativity (or sameness?) of life and death, and ultimately, about the sane source and origins of all... Pretty deep, huh?! :D

But one should not burdened with any "deep thoughts" when contemplating this artwork. For most people it's just a great, colorful piece of art that will make a statement in any modern surroundings (be it a gallery, a corporate space or a residential property).

Well, my son recently moved into a new, more traditional house and the style of my house is also not modern enough for this art piece. Therefore, I'm putting it up for sale.

The artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is ready to be displayed. Sides of canvas are painted so framing is not necessary. I intent to ship all canvas stacked. Before hanging I recommend to lay it out on a flat surface and carefully measure the spaces between the canvas, so it's forms a square (30"30" or larger if so desired).

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Materials used:

acrylic paint, acrylic satin varnish

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