Resurgence, 25” x 39” in metallic gel pen on blue paper, 2010, Ellen Grossman
These drawings and sculptures are a response to topographic maps, satellite photos, scanning electron microscope images, astronomy and the unfolding of intertwined relationships. They emphasize the sensuous aspects of water currents, land masses and the wind made visible.
Much of my sculpture developed from an attraction to moiré patterns created by the overlay of two or more grids that are slightly askew.
I found Grossman through a video about the series of concerts that Jay-Z gave to open the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Austin Kleon pointed to the video. Make sure to click through to see more of Grossman’s drawings and art, including details from the image above. For example, see Vortex (a sculpture), Elucidation and a series of drawings described by Grossman as follows:
Lines build up, revealing the topography of surges, shifts, eruptions, trickles, and the wind made visible. Time also flows, so I began recording the date, hour and minute at the start and end of each line and running totals. This is daunting and that’s part of the point: Written numbers build up, forcing the lines to fan out, reading at first glance as a texture, radically changing the drawings. As in science recording observations can alter results.
Also, read an interview with Grossman in Recession Art about her recent show Prolonged Exposure at Invisible Dog.