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Otto Piene, Untitled
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TITLE:  Untitled
ARTIST:  Otto Piene (German, b.1928)
WORK DATE:  1972
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Fire gouache on board
SIZE:  h: 99 x w: 69.5 cm / h: 39 x w: 27.4 in
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  30,000-50,000 US$  (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
GALLERY:  ARNDT  +49.30.20 61 38 7 0  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  In the making of smoke drawings the eye is more important than the hand. Bodily involvement is relatively modest compared to, say, the gesture-rich practice of an Informel painter. Direct contact of hand-to-paper does not occur. The order, which appears on the sheet of paper, is structurally predetermined. Diverse arrangements, however, are used in changing succession. The size of units – “points” – assumes shifting proportions to their distances, which are in turn dependant on the size of the “field” (sheet of paper), i.e., the “frequency” varies accordingly, so does the “speed” or intensity of vibration. The areas of a paper sheet left untouched must be affected to appear activated too. They ought to appear “changed” as much as the areas “drawn upon”, which “pull along” the empty ones. Here, too, vibration is a mode of appearance of movement, which has the advantage of no traceable beginning or destination. It is not directional because it lasts. It remains within the borders of the “energy field”, because it does not – unlike “represented” movement - appear to shoot across the picture edges and disappear, or respectively – after the initial emphatic viewing by the spectator, appear to be frozen and emptied out.

The smoke drawings are without “handwriting”. Anonymity of the authors is widely sustained. My individual moods do not seek prominence; play a minor role only (except for heightened awareness, i.e. sensibility). I think that my artistic involvement, particularly because of my observing distance to my actions, is at least as strong as with drawing in a commonly accepted sense. It is above all in the observing, in the strategy of directing the means. I would gladly withdraw into the background even further, make my author’s individuality felt even less, let the force of light work even more authoritatively – in order to further suspend materiality and thusly gain greater freedom. I hope to reach – with a minimum of physical engagement, far removed from drama – or space of silence, which – because it makes itself felt intensely – invites us to stay.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  ARNDT Inventory Catalogue
Otto Piene, Heinz Mack und ZERO: Light & Reflection (Singapore)  Jan 18 - Feb 28, 2013
LITERATURE:  2013 Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and the Zero Group: Light & Reflection, ARNDT Singapore
EXHIBITION HISTORY:  2013 Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and the Zero Group: Light & Reflection, ARNDT Singapore
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