The Long Run

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt). Drawing without Paper 84/25 and 84/26. 1984 and 1987

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) (Venezuelan, born Germany. 1912–1994) Drawing without Paper 84/25 and 84/26.Drawing without Paper 84/25 and 84/26. 1984 and 1987. Enamel on wood and stainless steel wire. 23 5/8 x 34 5/8 x 16 3/4" (60 x 88 x 40 cm). Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Susan and Glenn Lowry

Artist, Joan Jonas: You think of two tight ropes two ropes and figures falling around the ropes. Falling off, resting. But it looks like she made it and as she made it, it came into focus.

I'm Joan Jonas, and I'm an artist. I don't know Gego’s work that well, but I like these works. It's very delicate and it's unusual. I wonder if she was interested in the shadows that her work made.

It looks like she drew the piece as she was working. It's a three-dimensional drawing in space with different weights of wire. It's quite dynamic and it's very free form. It's not a minimalist structure. It's also playful which I like. She's constructed three-dimensional scribbles out of wire.

I'm very interested in the relation of drawing to sculpture and in drawing in general. What to draw, how to draw. Drawing is one of my main activities, and I always try to invent different ways of drawing and so it interests me to see how people can draw, how lines can exist in space and dimension.

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