Some years ago I happened to see a large, horizontal work by a German artist on the web. The painting was minimalist yet textural, speaking of a post-twentieth century fascination with detritus and loss. It was, however, the defiantly horizontal format of the piece which fixed itself in my visual memory. Some time later, that horizontal format together with an idea to exhibit in a certain Budapest venue triggered the beginning of Eight Big Scrawls. This specific horizontal format, made up of eight hanging panels, was carefully composed. The eight panels were beautifully installed in two groupings at the 2019 Kent Museum reVision show, but the entire piece has not of yet been presented as originally intended:
The working process of the Scrawls was similar to that of the Dialogs with József Attila and the related Folyamatosan jelen and Present Continuous series; stitched, gessoed paper panels, stained with acrylic, were drawn into with chalks on the wetted surface. The work was done flat, allowing the pooling water to have its say in how form and tonality emerged, the scrawled chalk mark-making moving up and down the length of each 53″ paper panel.
Eight Big Scrawls utilizes five recently written poems : Audacity of Pitch, Illumination, Intersection, Scraping Around, and The Big Lie (each title links to the complete poem).
In like manner, Golden Intersection, also using the poem Intersection, was drawn on an even longer surface, scrawls and pooled pigments moving from top to bottom of each 68″ long paper panel.