LINE (LIN) n./ “the path of a moving point”

“Paths of Moving Points” is the title I chose six years ago when this series of drawings started because it is the textbook definition of this key element of art and these drawings rely heavily on that element. Line is the only manmade element of art. The others: shape, texture, color, and value are all elements that exist in nature. Line can be used to visually create a shape, suggest texture and simulate value. Color is arbitrary; the artist choses this rogue element.

 

The reoccurring comment I often hear from observers about these drawings is that they resemble “weavings” or “tapestries”. While that was not my original intention, I have grown to embrace that observation since in fact, the hundreds, if not thousands of lines do act like threads that have intertwined themselves visually on the paper just as threads of cloth do on an actual textile product.

 

The process is slow, deliberate and I find it to be very meditative. Every drawing consists of many layers of lines. I choose a particular type of line and cover the surface of the paper. They may be straight lines, they may be lines that squiggle, they may be dashes, and they may be lines of varying widths, but after I finish one layer with that line type, I move on to another layer. The next layer and the type line I will use depends on my reaction to the first and for the second layer and so on. As layers begin to build upon one another and textures and colors begin to develop, the decision as to what color and type of line to use next becomes more challenging and the stakes of “success” or “failure” of the image become greater.

 

Since late 2016, there has been one significant change to the type of image I hope to create. Rather than randomly breaking up the surface into different geometric shapes as I have done in the past, I am now seeking a more monolithic image with very little if any break up of space. What shapes may appear within the overall field of color are those that begin to emerge as the layers develop. They are arbitrary as is my decision to let them stay a part of the final image.