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Reihe 1

10.00"W x 14.00"H x 0.0"D

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Matt O'Neill

Elmira Heights, NY

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: abstract, lineart, geographic, abstraction, urban, lineform, street, grafiti, primary

Media: markers on paper

Size: 10"W x 14"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 1996

Ready to Hang

Curator's Note: "The artist employs energetic lines and colors to draw the viewer's gaze through solid and empty space. Coming together into a sort of urban quilt, the fluid geometric designs produce an interesting maze for the eye."

The "Reihe" series--made up of 4 pieces that are intensely line-art with profuse colour and design, hail from early developments in my evolution from textbook vandal to organized doodler and sometime zen abstractionist--with a suggestibility of maps and urban German 'Einbauung' concepts.

Update: I am now presenting the "Reihe" series 'ready to hang' with the requisite UV-resistant glazing.

Environment is key to feeling, and I seek to create a sense of more than one environment, not only to examine what juxtaposition would look like visually, but also to create a "musical" dialogue for the eyes that avoids stagnancy and counterpoints the inherent dynamism possible in a static image.

If I were to use one word to define my aim as a didactic artist, it would be "Hitsuzendo."

If I were to use a different word to define what happens to me when compelled to create, it would be "Anarchy."

I ask you, the beholder, to suspend preconception but not to reject your personal reaction.

The grind and excitement of near-constant movement has given me a stormy and tense relationship to space, and to movement within that space. From walled-off Berlin, foggy Vienna, quaint Alpine villages, and myriad boxy American cities--each environment adding something subtle to my creations. I often pose the philosophical question--why would a thing need to represent another thing, if its own beauty in form should be recognized? I crave tension--seeking truth through examination of angles, trial--error, and the narrative that develops visually through the "indelibility" of contact between pen and paper.

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