Linework: Online Exclusive

April 1 June 30, 2020

Meandering or meticulous, organic or linear, the majority of humankind's collective artwork was started with a line.

Ponder how lines carried an artwork from inception to completion. When an artist begins to create, they often start with a line. A scratch, gesture, or stroke, sketched in graphite or outlined in color. In this collection, we can begin to trace how these larger forms were conceived by looking more closely and tracing their linework. It's easy to see why Charles Livingston’s Infinite Drawing series epitomizes this exercise, but when looking closely it can be the most challenging example. The selection of these four,
An artist’s beginning lines typically have a sketched quality, erased or covered by the colored mediums that make up a painting’s final form, but who’s to say that a line’s simplicity can be any less inspired or conclusive? David Baird’s Same Ten Strings series shows how the unembellished line can be explored and manipulated endlessly. The viewer can imagine the casual toss of these strings in literal form, overlapping in a calming assembly through each iteration.

made with pen on tracing paper between 2007 and 2010, stretch the thin black line to a farther potential. The first in this array is made up of nearly 4,000 lines, spiderwebbing across to unique points, exploding out to the next dot nearby. The subsequent artworks create a dark bar-code, a dense grid of polygons, or the most extensive squiggle imaginable. Take a step back and you’ll begin to see the similar forms that carry throughout each artwork, the only difference is the pattern and different line densities that each comprises.