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Untitled #3


artist | Philip Emde

2013

Mixed media

35 × 49 cm / 13.8 × 19.3 in

Graphite and spray paint on paper.

From the series 'Untitled.'

Upon close inspection, the pieces’ processes of creation become visible to the viewer in the form of labour- and force-intensive strokes applied over the entire paper surface. Each work is ... Read more
Graphite and spray paint on paper.

From the series 'Untitled.'

Upon close inspection, the pieces’ processes of creation become visible to the viewer in the form of labour- and force-intensive strokes applied over the entire paper surface. Each work is the product of a series of unnecessary acts, repeated ad infinitum until the making of another one is physically impossible.

These thousands of marks imply an inconceivably long period of time spent on their creation, but the artist’s dedication to this period is what gives the work its final immediacy for the viewer. The repetitive mark-making actions give way to broader abstract structures that can be clearly viewed from afar. The works are physical manifestations of melancholy emotions, visually dark yet also connotative of the productive qualities of such feelings. On their reverse sides, vivid color shadows are produced by the drawings’ backings, displaying the more optimistic sensations stimulated by introspection and melancholy contemplation. Read less

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