Barry Pelzner
A Thin Black Line
September 30 - November 1, 2014

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.”

Tuft Absorb
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Cinch
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Condense
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Flex
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Glow
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Illuminate I
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Illuminate II
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Layer
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Perforate
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Ramify
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Reflect
ballpoint pen on cut and pasted Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Reverse
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Split
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Spread
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
 
Tuft Subduct
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper
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Tuft Tuft
ballpoint pen on Stonehenge paper