Small Elements over Time
"Art work has a secret it exudes; our job is to wait for it."
Annette Seidenglanz creates series of minimalist drawings in ink and colored pencil that seem as if they are floating beneath the water or one is flying high above. Here is a cosmologist's view of the world – a bird's eye glance at drawings so detailed that they seem tiny colored grains of sand. Her drawings look at biology and topography while retaining an element of whimsy and play.
A variety of themes influence her work. Seidenglanz is interested in women's domestic projects, like needlework or rug making, crafts that put small elements together and emerge after a long period of time. She is also influenced by the atmospheric tapestry of minimalist composers like Terry Riley, and Indian ragas; computer technology: the breaking apart of images into pixels and the subsequent technical innovations as seen in the portraits by artist, Chuck Close. Furthermore, the classical calligraphies of the Arab world, China and Japan have influenced her ideas of line and form.
Seidenglanz looks at the departure from the classical view of perspective in contemporary painting. This divergence was championed by a new generation of artists who had seen the view of earth from space or as Buckminster Fuller said when he re-mapped the earth in his Dymaxion project: there is no up or down. Seidenglanz taps into the miniature world of the microscope: diatoms, the physical structure of cells and other biological diagrams or natural processes.
Whether as nature seen from space or through a microscope, the world in Seidenglanz's work is both grand and minute – tackling the details of both. Here, art represents the culmination of the joyful experience of knowing about the world of ideas both scientific and mysterious. Seidenglanz feels that an artist must have a long time to accumulate experience and to research the language of forms. Only then can their work develop authentically as a personal poetry or philosophy of form.