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John Franzen


Drawing, Pen and Ink on Aluminium

Size: 26 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 D in

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Making of: EACH LINE ONE BREATH  A limited edition of 50 freehand drawings per materials, focusing on an artistic and graphic interpretation of evolution through the use of simple drawn lines. The line is the initiation of any drawing and its fundamental prerequisite. Coincides with the most basic and transcendental state of life, the perception of breathing as inspiration itself. Inspiration comes from the Latin word „inspirationem“ which means "inhaling, breathing-in or inflame, blow into“. Further from „spirare" - spirit, which means „to breathe“. Starting with a straight line, I draw each following sequence by copying the character of the previous. I concentrate on breathing and focus on drawing the successor. Again and once more. Again and again.In the process of drawing, the lines evolve into a kind of logarithmic pattern and layering, steered merely by aberrances and anomalies of human failure in contrast to the precision of a machine. The resulting artworks are reminiscent of a wave-motion-pattern transporting energy through every element, organism and space-time. Such as for example electromagnetic waves, or the pattern of a DNA-replication. Lines and layers are like a primordial code or anatomic pattern assembling, arranging and composing the manifestation of energy and matter. Lines are everywhere to find. In waves of sound and light, in water and dunes, growth rings and lines of trees, skin and stratum, tree formations in the forest, the falling rain, the grass luffing in the wind. The consecutive synthesis of lines bedded next to each other depicts an allegory to the stratification of constant transmission and fusion of matter.  The articulation of a non-dualistic cosmos. In extent, I abstain from any kind of redundant artistic strategies such as figuration or the social, political, economic or cultural meaning within the work. By only focusing on a scientific framework and context, I aspire to reach that very bottom of essentiality I am looking for. Personal description: When I draw, I draw the void. Not the line. I focus on the nothingness around the line. The same happens with myself. In the best case; and for this reason I draw, my skin is vibrating. A pulsing tension undulates through my body like an inaudible sound of energy. The „I“ wanes. I become everything which I am not. My void. It releases an incomparable feeling and awareness of the conjunction of truth and origin. The motif is the mere moment of creation, and the bare energy, which is flowing through everything and nothing. It is not about what I create, more that I create. The draw-act as a meditation in which the human-universe-executer and the observer will achieve a inner-worldly transcendence. In cosmological, philosophical and spiritual point of view, the works are totally realistic illustration of nature. Not abstract.

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Drawing:Pen and Ink on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:26 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 D in

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BIO: John Franzen (1981) was born in Aachen, Germany. Both parents were nurses. With 7 years he grew up in Belgium. Later he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Netherlands 2002-2007, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Working in various disciplines and materials, he focuses on the theme and production of complex frames of concepts with the focus of the inherent primordiality. He lives and works in Maastricht, Netherlands and as an artist and conceptor. ARTIST STATEMENT: An artist in his true nature is made of incomprehensible multitudes; he is the untidy culmination of a shaman who is not believing but praying, a scientist who is not searching but analyzing, an engineer who is not building but inventing, and a child who is not playing but dreaming. He exists in the paradoxical state of attempting to capture his own vast inner perceptions of reality in the confines of the outer world. His artwork is mystic ritual, scientific model and applied philosophy. His process may be compared to how priests or shamans work while praying. His art springs forth in a way similar to the emergence of holy offerings, that is, from a deep internalization of and total commitment to the unknowable source of everything. Despite this comparison, Franzen’s work remains immanently non-religious. While his process and product may be relatable to religious performance, his muse is rather the concept of the ‘Human-Universe-Executer.’ The ‘Human-Universe-Executer’ can create ad infinitum from the pure energy which he attempts to command. One act, one stroke, one move represent, in essence, all creation. Each further act is merely a repetition of the first and considered redundant. The artist must wrestle with how to accurately convey the fact that the urge to create is, rather than being inconsistent with nihilism, is intimately allied with it. Shi Tao formulated the principle of one holistic brushstroke as a medium for the articulation of a non-dualistic cosmos. According to this principle, the ‘Human-Universe-Executer’ and the observer achieve a kind of transcendence through the creational act. The one act is thus the most central concept upon which the work relies. In turn, his work reflects the void as source and muse of life itself. Franzen’s art can be seen as a spiritual mindset or mystical conception which has been adapted from Japanese Taoist and Zen philosophy.

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