Reception to Meet the Artists, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Aligned is the product of 3 artists’ very particular and individual exploration of line in a wide range of media, both traditional and unexpected. It offers an expansive, intuitive take on ways of seeing and considering this most basic element—the Line as Art.
The Line is the beginning of my art which becomes the narrative of the artwork. Line and light, line and shadow, line and depth transform into images and layered patterns across the field of the artwork. The line carries your eye across the field.
The sugar-lift etchings made with brushes loaded with syrup painted onto zinc plates are a simpler narrative. These images of brush strokes thick or thin investigate the deeper etch of the bitten line into metal. Then they are inked up and printed allowing for the technical insight of the line to be seen.
The watercolors are muted field studies of movement from light and shadow. I use a graphite pencil to draw and painted washes of watercolor applied in a meditative process of precision across the paper.
…begin with Lines…….and lines are dynamic. They have direction and speed. Multiple lines create rhythm and, just as percussion drives the music, so rhythm drives my images.
…are Abstract. It begins in the visual world – waterfalls and rapids – but ends somewhere else. For the artist, abstract art presents a conundrum, “how do you make something that you have never seen, maybe never even thought of before you saw it in your drawing?” I find that repetition, drawing the same scene over and over again, builds the confidence and muscle memory to let go and let the ink line flow somewhere unexpected yet right.
…open a Portal. Traditional Chinese painters strove to create landscapes in which the viewer could wander, sort of short expeditions for the soul. I hope these drawings provide a worthy and engaging journey.
Meighen Jackson is represented nationally by Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York. For more information, please visit: www.meighenjacksonart.com
Elizabeth Youngblood is a visual artist and designer living and working In Detroit. She has a wide ranging practice which includes drawing, ceramics, ber and hand-made books. Her design practice includes hand produced scarves and what she refers to as “wearables” which are based on her 2- and 3-dimensional drawings.
Deeply rooted in a respect for the craft of making and for the time required to “make”, she explores themes of time, loss and the process of thought. Subtlety, small modulations in color, texture and the nature of the materials with which she works are hallmarks of any of the mediums in which she works.
Youngblood is an alumna of The Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Cranbrook Academy of Art.