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Vanessa Kauffman: Art at Belmont July 2012


Rather than write and rather than talk, Vanessa drew parallel lines. Lines close enough together for easy perfection, but where crookedness was allowed. One line of a natural length, a length that might be long enough (ruminative) or short enough (stacatto) for one well thought-outline of text. After one line was drawn, the idea was to repeat until the thought was thought; at the end of each line she came back to the point of origin to begin the next. Each time she listened to her hand slide against the surface of the paper, from the completion of one line to the nativity of the next, the noise like breath.

The strikethrough–instead of an edit and instead of a negation–becomes the first communication. As if to say, “listen, but please do not hear me.”

The forms and marks around the lines are the everyday and everything else outside of the initiative: walking, best friendships, bus choreography, arcane trivia, memorized poems, muscle spasms, lilies, insomnia, migratory butterflies, salt.

Vanessa Kauffman is an artist in Portland, Oregon and is acutely interested in the visual organization of information. She has a BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2009.

Opening reception is 6 pm – 8 pm Sunday, July 8th.

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Portland, OR
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Curator Contact Info:
Wendy Swartz