Mark Grotjahn Untitled (Red Butterfly 112) 2002

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Grotjahn, a Los Angeles–based artist, draws on Renaissance perspectival techniques for the structures and subjects of his multiple-vanishing-point butterfly pattern drawings. His forms stretch and shrink and approach and recede, playing with the logic of linear perspective. Grotjahn is inspired by the hand-painted signs found in "mom and pop" stores, with their off-kilter graphics and makeshift lettering, and he uses this homemade aesthetic to subvert the hard-edge precision traditionally associated with geometric abstraction.

Gallery label from Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Colored pencil on paper
24 x 19" (61 x 48.3 cm)
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
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© 2024 Mark Grotjahn
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