Hektik School

The Hektik school was a collective of visual artists, who produced works that many believed held secrets to the physical nature of the universe, and it’s interaction with Energy, The.

The unifying feature of the artwork of the movement was a heavy emphasis on geometric form. While there was distinct variation between Hektik artists in use of colour and line, all strove to access a visual harmony that suggested a connection with the unknowable.
The key artists of the Hektik School all incorporated the use of Ança in their artistic process, arguing that it was essential to the production of their work.

The key artists of the school were all known to one another, and often corresponded and collaborated, in spite of living in different star systems within Mothwing.

Gelf Barban

Barban’s work used colour most traditionally. He sought to represent the inherent interrelation between colour and form, producing balanced works that were often centred around circles and cubes.
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Gelf Barban’s ‘Prismatic Heart’

Baris Wen

Wen focussed on planes and angles, muting her colours to emphasise contrast in curved and straight lines. She is quoted as saying “the line goes where it will, and the artist’s task is to follow.”
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Baris Wen’s ‘Not/Straight’

Farin Ulch

Ulch took a looser approach to line than other Hektik artists, and his correspondence with Wen shows that this created some tension between the pair. Many of his works were produced on a much larger scale than most other Hektic artists, some of which being designed for projection onto vast cliff faces on his home planet of Karis. He still worked on canvass, but he is best known for his unorthodox methods of presentation.
Ulch was the most outspoken member of the Hektik school, with philosophies he believed were revealed to him in Ança trances. He chose to explore these philosophes through art, but also as a political activist.
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Farin Ulch’s ‘The Shape of Eternity’

Sadi Veer

Veer took Hektic principles and applied them to sculpture, working with precious metals that she believed held myseries in their structure. She said of her work “I connect with the true nature of the materials I work with. I Do not create art, I am the midwife of true forms.”
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Sadi Veer’s ‘Essence VII

While their work ws considered by some to be powerful and truthful, and by others to be nonsensical and indulgent, it was nevertheless extremely important in the cultural narrative of the Mothwing nebula.


Entry submitted by: Dr Meredith Whitethorn
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Hektik School

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