A line has no terminus. A line neither starts nor stops, it does not deviate. A line knows where it is going, but a journey or a life bumbles. A life, a journey, or art moves down a strange path like a rhizome fractally blooming, growing outward in non-conterminous lanes. Pathways, on view at Carroll Square Gallery, walks this path in the footsteps of three artists.
Anne Smith’s, Something to Nothing, follows this theme by walking the tread right off her boots by repeating the printing of a woodcut until the surface is abraded to soft nothing. The printed image, appearing like wormed wood, vermiculated and reminiscent of the printed-paper surface itself, cascading and undulating twenty-seven feet, like an environment unto itself.
Sarah Irvin’s human scale ink on Yupo walks in a parallel path with Anne Smith’s Something to Nothing in the obliteration of a gesture. Irvin writes cursive text with a spilled motion of rushing wetness, then with an articulating wrist, expunges and redacts legibility yet maintains the echo of meaning. A remnant of the text is visible, but obfuscated, inviting the viewer to continually seek that linguistic import only to be frustrated.
Sarah Zuckerman Dolan’s passage uses a personal rubric—her own body. Lengsel is made of hundreds of feet of copper wire. Loops made by wrapping around her finger, repeating until finally spooled upon the wood floor, the wire spirals creating a circle echoing the dimension of the artist’s body with an upstretched hand, 89” from toe to fingertip, 89”, the spiral flows.
A life has ups and downs. Art might parallel this undulation. Pathways follows this warbling journey, offering a merging, or diverging pathway that the viewer can themselves walk upon.
- Pathways is on view Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm, June 17 through August 26 at Carroll Square Gallery.
- Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F Street NW, Washington DC.
- More information at hemphillfinearts.com