The foundation of this work is based on the coincidence of natural patterns and spatial rhythms that repeat themselves spontaneously in my lines. The similarities and differences of these structures, defined by the focusing power of line, form a dialogue reflective of the spatial energies I feel in nature. To synthesize this dialogue, I have added the more rigid element of the square and circle. All lines, including circles, are freehand.
Inspired by the same landscape view in Lubec, Maine, the work is part of an ongoing project designed to explore and document this language. Each year I edit several hundred drawings to organize the groupings that reflect the most recent shifts in the energy of my line. The final piece will consist of a chronological showing of these groupings.
This project has evolved over 10 years. In order to focus on the naturally occurring shifts in my line, I felt it important not to introduce variations in technique. I draw by looking mostly at the landscape not the paper. There are no "planned lines". All of the smaller drawings are done in the 18" x 24" format, using a .07, 2B lead mechanical pencil on Arches HP watercolor paper. They are shown in series consisting of groups from three to eight pieces.
The larger drawings are done in my NY studio working from a photo of the Lubec view. All large works are 52" x 72" (approx.) and done with a black pencil and/or thicker graphite pencil. In order to give the larger pieces extra needed depth, I add the element of scored "shadow" lines. These are created by scoring the paper with the metal tip of my .07 mechanical pencil, causing the paper to bend with the line.
I work exclusively in the medium of drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
Born: Kirchheim, Germany
Education: Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York, 1967, BFA
Lives and works in New York City and Lubec, Maine
Recent solo exhibitions: 2013, Lubec Line Scapes, Kolb Annex, Columbia University, New York, NY; 2007, Works on paper: Lubec Blues, Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, ME; 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, Works on Paper, Gallery at Audubon, Columbia University, New York, NY; 2000, Lubec Lines, Ben Shahn Center, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.
Recent group exhibitions: 2012, Layers and Folds, Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ; 2010, Art Auction, The Cooper Union, New York, NY; 2009, group show, Crow Town Gallery, Lubec ME; 2008, primary: an exhibition about drawing, Ben Shahn Center, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ ; 2007, Logic Unfettered, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfort, Netherlands; 2007, line & surface, Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY; 2006, Cooper Union Alumni Show, New York, NY; 2005, The Nature of Things, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; 2004, Drawing Conclusions, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; 2004, german accents, Salena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; 1999, A Fine Line Between..,The Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington, NY.
2001- present, The Drawing Center, registry, New York, NY.
Public Collections: Fogg Art Museum, Boston, Mass.; Mondriaanhuis, museum for constructive and concrete art, Amersfoort, Netherlands; William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ; Peter Jay Sharp Residence, New York, NY (Art Connects NY Donation) Private Collections: Lori Cohen & Christopher Rothko, Paul Golden, Eric Kandel, Wynn Kramarsky, Juliette Kennedy, Leslie & Richard Madigan, Manfred Mohr, Anke Nolting, Angelika Saacke & Stefan Lumper, Karen Shaw, Peter Willborg, and Nina Yankowitz.