My Line Is Emo (Research)

Prior to the making of the strips, I did some research on a few artists and their works.

1. Ed Moses Drawings from 1960 and 70ties

-large graphite drawings of roses from 1960s to signature diagonal grids of 1970s and beyond

-intense experimentation and innovation in all media

-made quirky earthy grids, cutting holes and walls and ceilings

2. Sol LeWitt “Scribbles”

-black pencil of first wall drawings of serenties

-try to detach from wall in the most illusionistic way

-create sense of depth while maintaining physical integrity of wall through bundles of thick and chiaroscuro’s signs

3. Gunpowder drawings by Cai Guo Qiang

-“I wanted to investigate both the destructive and the constructive nature of gun powder, and to look at how destruction can create something as well.”

-ignite gun powder explosives laid on paper

-use natural energy forces to create works

4. Hilma af Klint

-her paintings sometimes resemble diagrams, visual representation of complex spiritual ideas

-work includes The Swan and The Dove, symbolic of transcendence and love

-created experimental automatic drawing

-spirituality being her main source of creativity

-impregnated with symbols, letters and words

-symmetrical dualities or reciprocities: up and down, in and out, good and evil

5. Emma Kunz

-healer and researcher

-from 1938 she created large scale pictures on graph paper

-works represented by strictly geometric drawings on graph paper with pencil, coloured pencil and oil pastels

-content provides answers to questions about life and its spiritual implications

-use her pictures to help physical or mental problems of her patients, with each colour and shape holding a precise meaning

-grounded in spiritual belief

6.  Agnes Martin

-Art works include Falling Blue (1963), Loving Love (2000), This rain (1960), Red Bird (1964), Night Sea (1963)

-create serene paintings composed of grids and stripes

-attention to subtleties of line, surface, tone and proportion

-belief in transformative power of art to conjure abstract emotions like perfection and beauty

-works involved from geometric paintings to seemingly blank paintings made of penciled grids on large square canvases to bold geometric forms again

7. Andy Warhol’s Shadows

-one painting in multiple parts

-background of shadows painted with sponge mop while displaying warhol signature palette of bright hues

-shadows alternate between positive and negative imprints along wall of gallery

-each shadow corresponds to a form that reveals, with precision and self awareness, returns to quintessential problem of art which is perception

8. Oxidations

-done by coating canvases with wet copper paint and urinating on them

-urine oxides and change colour

9. Rorschach

-modeled on ‘inkblot’ test

-paint one side and then fold to imprint the other half

10. Julie Mehreth

-Works include Stadia I, II, III

-known for densely layered abstract paintings and prints

-works refer to elements of mapping and architecture

-works engage history of nonobjective art from constructionism to futurism

-makes large scale gestural paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint

-conveys layering and compression of time, space and place

11. Cy Twombly

-works include Untitled (1953), Leda and the Swan and Untitled (1970)

-graffiti-like scribbles and scratches

-repetitive and rhythmic drawing

-sketching unidentifiable doodles and splotches or words directly onto the canvas and by creating line based compositions, often inspired by handwriting

-suggest subtle narratives that lay beneath surface of his paintings

12. Franz Kline

-associated with abstract expressionist movement of 1940s and 1950s

-Works include Painting number 2 (1954), Chief (1950), Mahoning (1956)

and Orange Outline (1955)

-known for large black and white paintings bearing abstract motifs set down

-create physical engagement with viewer

13. Yves Klein

-important figure in post-war european art

-remembered for his use of a single colour, rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own: International Klein Blue

-Works include Blue monochrome (1957)

14. Mark Bradford

-work in both paint and collage, incorporate elements from his daily life into canvases for example remnants of found posters and billboards, graffitied stencils, logos and hairdresser permanent end papers

-use discarded objects to make his artwork

-works include The Devil is Beating His wife






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