Martin Bland

Recent works on paper 2007 - 2009


Starting late in 2007, a certain amount of
frustration set in with how painting was
proceeding, and a decision was made to stop
painting for at least a year, and devote that
time to drawing and the study of drawing in the
hopes that new content would enter the work
and that when a return to painting occurred, it
would be fuller, richer and more three
dimensional. This meant studying Euclidian
geometry at the same time, and discarding
Greenbergian ideas which I felt severely limited
an ability to create the type of spaces that I
wanted at the time. I hope to create through
complexity rather than complicatedness. To an
extent, this meant a certain rejection of
Cezanne, and Merleau - Ponty's notions of
perception and the visual field or "depth as
substance", and Heidegger's notion of
nearness. While not something I have really
resolved as of yet I feel I am now well on my
way to that goal.

Isopsephy by the way is the Greek practice of
laying stones on a ground in order to
comprehend geometrical proofs.
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