September 1, 2008

Response to Nash Gallery Visit

The most visually compelling piece at the Nash Gallery, for me, was Crystal Wagner's "The Capacity of Line" (2008). Both it's aesthetics and it's construction are very interesting. The lines do wonders for the organic atmosphere of the artwork, as the artist has taken great care in varying the line weights to create depth and shadow. The combination of the drawings of trees in dark green and light blue, with the small gussets fastened to the piece, are an excellent contradiction between nature and the man-made world that adds tension to the experience. I also enjoy the mixture of depth in the artwork, that between the depth created by varying line weights and the depth created by how the artist has layered sheets of semi-translucent plastic, each of which contain different parts of the drawing.