Sunday, January 10, 2010

(Dis)Order exhibition 8-17.1.10

Rachael Elwell
8 - 17.01.2010
Artists Unlimited Gallery Bielefeld, Germany.

Exhibition text:
A particular capacity of line is its capacity to create a surface 
(Wassily Kandinsky 1926)

Rachael Elwell’s first solo exhibition in Germany explores the perceptual connections between line, form and space through contemporary drawing processes. Her work focuses on the relationship between chance as an essential dimension of art, and an interest in control and structure in the composition of image making.
Presented here is a series of works that are random, generative and transformative creating a sense of becoming rather than the static or fixed. Elwell puts into place set systems and methods of mark making, constrained by the limitations of working with the pencil, the pen and the stroke. From there on she exploits this by breaking such self-imposed rules; she adds shade, reduces the strokes, erases and resets the paper surface. 
Aesthetically, Elwell deals with the graphical connotations of the hand drawn line, albeit by the appearance of closely positioned and intertwining lines into form. She doesn’t claim to do this intentionally, but more to test the tactile qualities of different media. This appears central, but into which final result is an unknown entity until the process is complete. In so far as a contained or chaotic, constructed or inverted process goes, Elwell confidently creates with unexpected results in a (dis)orderly fashion.

Exhibition Images:

This series of photographs were taken by Artists Unlimited member Harriet Esther Muntean 

9m24cm (graphite on paper)

Untitled: Blocks 1&2 (graphite on paper)

Accumulations (1-6), graphite on paper

 Accumulations (1-6): Detail

 Accumulations (1-6): Detail

Untitled: Tumult (1-4), graphite and oil pastel on paper

Untitled: Tumult (1-4): detail

Untitled: Tumult (1-4): detail

Rotund (1&2), graphite on paper

Conglomerations (1-5), graphite on paper

Conglomerations (1-5): Detail

Conglomerations (6-9), graphite on paper

Conglomerations (6-9): Detail

Untitled: Spun (1-7) Ink on paper

Untitled: 17, ink on paper

Gallery shot of Room 3

Gallery shot Room 2

Gallery shot Room 2

The show runs until 17th January 2010.

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