I stumbled upon MARK GROTJAHN’S work just a bit ago. And, in a simple form, it reminded me of the art I used to do using string and nails. Obviously his is far more complex, but none the less I found myself very drawn to it. He is represented at The Gagosian Gallery in New York.
I love his use of color and I love the ideas of nature in his work.
While at first glance, Mark Grotjahn’s oeuvre appears to be bound to purely aesthetic in modernist discourse, references to nature and movement are plentiful. His butterfly motif, one of several recurring connections to the natural world along with flowers and water,
has yielded extensive possibilities
in both painting and drawing. His ongoing Butterfly series focuses on perspectival investigations, such as dual and multiple vanishing points, techniques used since the Renaissance to create the illusion of depth and volume on a two-dimensional surface.
These iconic compositions of complex,
skewed angles and radiant, tonal color allude to the multiple narratives coursing through the history of modernist painting, from the utopian vision of Russian Constructivism to the hallucinatory images of Op Art. The extreme elegance of Grotjahn’s works is often
tempered by visible scuffs and