Untitled 4, Ink on canvas 32″ x 61

Franz Baldassini: Drawings
Opening Reception: November 8, 2012 5:30 – 8:00 pm
November 8, 2012 – January 4, 2013

“From my earliest memories, cartography as a mode of representation has held a particular fascination for me. The ability to traverse distant borders using only my finger signified a journey into the uncharted realms of my imagination.

In addition to terra firma, I was, and remain, equally enthralled by the almost three-dimensional representations of the oceans’ depths. In my mind I navigated and submerged myself in them, moving effortlessly and without constraint, the perfect disruption of my established order.

Now – decades later – my drawings bear the fruit of the seeds of those earlier impulses through the exploration of aerial views, imaginary cities, tectonic plates, icebergs, rivers, rain and oceans; in sum, the surfaces and contours of my envisioned planet.

In my drawings, organic forms and precise geometries are allowed to coexist in shared space.   While some figures appear to form a cohesive unit, others are detached or unfastened as if untethered by gravity. Still others give the impression of being isolated and almost independent from the whole. Through the use of montage, this disorder is ultimately reconfigured to create nonlinear compositions.

Through drawing I continue to be a nomad by vocation, a traveler by circumstance.”

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