Tired of climbing that corporate ladder? Chained to your desk with no exit in sight? Skip The Office route and draw inspiration, instead, from Ignacio Uriarte, a German artist who began his professional life as a business administrator. Though he jumped ship to explore more artistic territory, he stole away with a bag of tricks that have helped him stand out against the monotony that occasionally infects even the art world. Fusing the clerical with the creative, Mr. Uriarte produces his work using familiar office paraphernalia: ballpoint pens, graph paper, typewriters, you name it. A minimalist with a mission, he encourages the viewer to explore the blank spots in one’s mind – those moments on a conference call when you allow your pen to wander into your imagination…
The Drawing Center in New York is currently hosting a selection of Mr. Uriarte’s pieces for his first North American solo museum exhibition: “Line of Work”. Mr. Uriarte’s pen-to-paper drawings bloom from that which often become stale in every-day life. His execution is controlled, consistent and meditative in its repetition. In Linealstrichstrukturverlauf (2012), Mr. Uriarte uses a permanent marker to chart his progression in thirty-three drawings. From start to finish, as though making our way through a flipbook, the papers accumulate line upon line of rigid black ink, criss-crossing and interlocking in a web of taught wires. The last of the installment leaves only a sprinkling of ivory dots where the paper once was, completely overtaken by black. A metaphor for corporate culture, perhaps? Take a lunch break and go see for yourself.
Ignacio Uriarte – Line of Work – 17 January through 13 March 2013
The Drawing Center