I make drawings by bringing together various elements of images and mark-making to create a singular visual moment. My methods are based in process but reflect very personal visual ideas that have evolved as a response to working with these particular materials and the effects they create together on paper.
My main tool is the woodless graphite pencil. I begin with a spontaneous automatic drawing and allow imagery to emerge by coaxing the markings together until there is a formidable relationship between all the visual elements - the images, the white paper and the individual marks. These mark-images exist in a mark-world that is made entirely of the materials of the drawing and only exist in the drawing itself. The believability of the mark-world relies on the use of illusory effects like volume, depth, light and gravity.
With these particular drawings I am challenging figure/ground picture-making by allowing the white of the paper to exist as a character in the drawing rather than merely a background. The focus on architectural spatial concerns stems from the idea that space is not just occupied or defined by forms but acts as a the prominent relationship within the overall design.
My personal iconography continues to reveal itself through my fascination with AbEx paintings of the 1950’s, various types of rubbings, Old Masters’ drawings, doodling, textile patterns, architectural renderings and cartoons. Studies are conceptualized while riding on the NYC subway system, which accounts for the scraffiti-like tracings, layering of marks, and the heavy use of erasing or subtraction.
Artist Bio / CV
Linda LaBella, born in Oyster Bay, NY, is a Brooklyn artist whose focus is abstract painting, drawing and printmaking. While in high school, she won a scholarship to study drawing at CW Post College in NY. In 1979 she moved to Northern California where she co-founded the 750 Art Gallery, an artist co-operative dedicated to exhibiting experimental work. Ms. LaBella won a variety of scholarships at CSUS including a First Place Purchase Award, the Robinson Witt Scholarship and the First Place Kingsley Purchase Award. She graduated with an MA in Painting from CSU Sacramento.
In 1990 Ms. LaBella won a full tuition scholarship to Stanford University where she earned her MFA and had work chosen for the National Juried Drawing Exhibit, at the University of Delaware and a Works on Paper Show at the University of Notre Dame. In 1992 she moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to teach painting at the Instituto Culteral Cabañas, study art and ride horses. Ms. LaBella was featured in a solo show at the Galeria de Arte Moderno and was chosen for group shows at the Contemporary Art Center of Guadalajara and the Casa de Maestranza.
Upon returning to the States, she was granted a summer printmaking residency at CW Post College, taught printmaking and drawing at the Brooklyn Museum and exhibited in a number of juried shows including; Printwork '96 National Juried Exhibit, Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; The Parrish Art Museum 35th Juried Exhibition, Southampton, NY and Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Center Brooklyn, NY. She was featured in a solo exhibit at the Wallach Gallery at SUNY, NY and accepted a residency to the Keyholder Program at the Lower Eastside Print shop.
Presently Ms.LaBella exhibits her work at Bert Green Fine Art in Los Angeles and is also represented in the following collections; Marcus & Millichap, Los Angeles, CA; Instituto del Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, México; William H. Cook, Sacramento, CA; Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford, CA; California State University at Sacramento, Sacramento, CA