Theodoros Stamos, Infinity Field - Lefkada Series, 1980
Here is yet another infinity field by Stamos. Compared to Rothko’s horizontal blocks and often muted tones, Stamos uses in these series vertical lines and more courageous colors, while departing from the typical flat colors of his ’60s paintings. Also unlike his PPA period are the lines and edges, rarely as straight as the sun-boxes. This infinity field reminds me of one of Rothko’s paintings, consisting of a pink block and a black block - but here the emphasis is on black and the contrast with both the pink and the red and blue lines amplify the “mystery”, as more shapes (some of them in the viewer’s mind) tend to surface in the middle of the black field on closer inspection (almost, but not exactly like Ad Reinhardt’s infamous black paintings).