Each Line One Breath
Call it my “monkey mind,” or the eternal issue of never having enough time to do all that I’d like to do—in spite of yoga, Reiki, meditation and other resources I’ve tried, I continue to find it very challenging to sit quietly and just be. So you can imagine my …
Call it my “monkey mind,” or the eternal issue of never having enough time to do all that I’d like to do—in spite of yoga, Reiki, meditation and other resources I’ve tried, I continue to find it very challenging to sit quietly and just be. So you can imagine my surprise—sheer delight is more like it—when I came across John Franzen‘s work and was immediately transported into a quiet, meditative zone.
From John’s website: “Each line one breath” is the title of a limited edition of 50 freehand drawings which focus on an artistic and graphic interpretation of evolution through the use of simple drawn lines. The edition departs from the premise that the initiation of any drawing, its fundamental prerequisite—a line—coincides with the most basic and transcendental state of life: the perception of breathing.
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. 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, my 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 space-time, such as any electromagnetic wave, 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. Any kind of an existence to me is the materialized conclusion of these very basic forces.”
John Franzen believes in the need for diversity and interaction with others, aiming for aesthetic perfection with meaning. He lives and works in Maastricht, Netherlands, as an artist and conceptor.
All images from John Franzen’s website.