Barry Pelzner returns to Froelick Gallery with A Thin Black Line, his first solo exhibition since 2010, and the result of a period in which the style and content of his work has undergone a dramatic shift. His previous works have been based on direct observation of landscapes, whereas Pelzner's new series of drawings- black ballpoint pen on white paper- are a move toward “working within a drastically limited pictorial vocabulary”.
Thousands of darting, expressive marks fill his compositions, varying in weight from heavy, paper-indenting knots to light strokes which barely flit over the surface. The subject of these works might be considered “motion”- suggestive titles such as Condense and Flex are playfully described in dense, saturated regions of black that dissipate in to frayed, wooly lines. Pelzner says of these drawings “They are part of an attempt to discover how much of the visible world I can represent, or suggest, without drawing any of the objects in it.”