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Matt Niebuhr

Matt Niebuhrs Werke lassen den Betrachter manchmal wortlos vorbeigehen, manchmal reglos verharren. Letzteres ist die bessere Variante, denn der Künstler mit einem Abschluss in Architektur nutzt das Wissen von Objekt und Fläche, um auf der Grenze zwischen Form und Nicht-Form zu wandeln und tut dies nur mit dem Graphit-Stift als sein Ticket zur Reise.

Die Bilder geben deshalb einen tollen Einblick in einen eigentlich theoretischen Ansatz der unendlichen Linie und was passiert, wenn sie vertausendfacht wird: "The drawings in these series are "formless" in the sense that they represent only a line, or a series of lines. I am interested in the accumulation of lines that may depending upon arrangement take on other qualities."

Lines "y" radiating drawing series:

This series began with a question: What might infinity look like? Strictly speaking, a line is a geometrical object that is straight, infinitely long and infinitely thin. A line is one-dimensional. It has zero width (in mathematics). If you draw a line with a pencil, the pencil mark has a measurable width. The pencil line is in some ways just a means to illustrate the idea of a line on paper. The line drawn on paper is always only at first, just a representation of the idea of a line.

Lines "y" diagonals, drawing series:

An accumulation of a series of line studies - which might be considered expanding or contracting depending upon your view, towards a perceived limit - towards the moment when one can only imagine what comes next...

Shimmer drawing series:

I am striving to create the circumstance of the phenomenon of “shimmer”, a circumstance of infinite possibility. I want to get close to the sense of shimmer as a verb with this series. To make drawings that change in character given the circumstances of viewing them, the relative position of light sources, the position of the observer relative to the drawing, the ambient light level of surroundings... Drawings that shimmer in this way become alive and filled with potential.

All images © Matt Niebuhr

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