More thoughts about line, and Richard Serra
Posted on Feb 19, 2012 in artwork | 10 comments
Since returning to figure drawing after a long absence, I’ve been thinking more and more about line. I wrote in my last post about expanding the definition of line. But yet, the drawn line keeps confronting me. It does make sense, since I’m in the studio every day to create. After the initial thought phase (time line?), the actual creation starts with a line, or at least a mark.
In addition to drawing again, I’ve begun a new series of paintings in a different medium. I can’t help but think that this will also play into further exploration of line. At the least, there will be an attempt to use this new found interest in a way that informs and enhances the work.
Related to this topic, the sculptural work of Richard Serra comes to mind. Here is an example of line that assumes a very physical presence. Granted, that a 100 ton steel sculpture will always have overwhelming presence. But to me, it’s the delicately curving, arching lines that posses the real power. Distancing ourselves by just looking at the photos, this idea becomes apparent.
Thanks to all that are reading these posts. I’ve enjoyed the challenge to be creative in this larger, self publishing platform. Having a conversation in written word has awakened a new level of thought within me. In fact, that sounds like an idea worth expanding on in a future post.
best regards, Howard