EACH LINE ONE BREATH - SOLD Drawing by John Franzen

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Drawing: Pen and Ink on Aluminium.

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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.






John Franzen



Size: 26 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in

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