Obsessions of a Linear Nature
Although the word ‘obsession’ often refers to a frame of mind or a state of being haunted by a persistent idea, desire or emotion, the group exhibition, Obsessions of a Linear Nature, points to painstaking craftsmanship – a labor-intensive, time-consuming process in which the artists’ inner experience of the world is externalized as intricate patterns on paper.
Mel Bernstine, Lori Ellison, Patricia Fabricant, Jeanne Heifetz, Jane Masters, Rob de Oude, Jessica Dean Rosner, and Carleen Zimbalatti, all share the formal quality of obsessive consideration to detail and patterns rendered.
Each of the artist’s materials and techniques, in concurrence with their compulsive pattern making speak to a linear drive and meticulous approach in making art. Through careful consideration and intense focus combined with devotion to detail as a visual language, these images produce a meditative quality, where method becomes something larger, beyond the complex formations discovered.