A Grammar of Lines: "A Line is a dot out for a walk."
- Paul Klee
A line connects two points. It is also the path made by a moving point. Lines can be thick or thin. They can be long or short. The can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. They can be solid or dotted or dashed. Lines can be curved or straight of combinations of both. There’s an endless variety in what we think of as a line (From Steven Bradley, Vanseo Design, 2010)
A horizontal line in art provides stability and often a representation of how we see much of the world: the natural horizon, the sea, our dining room table. The stability is sensed when we see the margins of things – buildings, a diner table, a shelf, a figure at rest. And Newton’s gravity is always present in order to root things. As our arms falls, the chalk leaves a perpendicular line that seeks the horizontal. As we read in English, we follow the letters left to right, horizontally.
Willard B. Moore
Horizontally Structured Art Without Food
Roy Lichtenstein (b. Manhattan, 1923 – 1997) Sea and Sky
James Turrell (b. Pasadena, CA, 1943 - )1969 Pink and White
Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Wikipedia
Roy Arden (b. Vancouver, CAN, 1957) Who’s Afraid of Red, Blue and Yellow? [Under the Sun series]
Robert Turrell, Breathing Light Series
Douglas Wheeler (b. Globe, AR, 1939)
Robert Irwin (b, 1928) Tilte Hiroshi Sugamoto
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Ionian Sea, Santa Cesare, 1990
Robert Irwin (b. Long Beach, CA, 1928) Scrim Veil, Black Rectangle, Natural Light, 1977