IdN v19n3: The Line Issue


Artist on the Front Line
A line is so much more than just the distance between two dots. It is the fundamental building-block that every artist employs – even if, like Jackson Pollock, they are simply dribbling paint onto a horizontal canvas. It is a signifier of innate talent: the critics speak of “bold” lines and “subtle” lines. One would be hard-pressed to think of any work of art that did not involve lines – even Malevich's notorious 1915 “Black Square” wouldn't have worked without an outline to define it.

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Putting their art on the line
For all that it is fundamental to any visual art-form, be it illustration, animation, fashion or furniture design, sculpture or installation, architecture… anything in fact that is made to be looked at, there are some creatives who specialise in lines, who use them them as the principal springboard for their work.

The boldness, or delicacy, with which lines are drawn can be indicative of innate artistic talent, because the line is the basic building-block of all art. Even those artists who do not first sketch out what they want to paint but straightaway apply paint to canvas usually “outline” the overall appearance of their imagined concept before filling in the detail.

Ayaka Ito | Doug Johnston | Gavin Worth | Iemza | Jay Wilson | Lang/Baumann | Minjeong An | Moneyless | Vasilj Godzh | Zim&Zou

Motion Gallery: Editing
The Line Issue: Artists on the Front Line
Creative Country: Iceland
Studio: Synoptic Office, Brogen Averill
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108 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
117 minutes DVD Video included

Additional information

Weight 480 g

Chinese, English