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John Pearson

Paley & Lowe Gallery

John Pearson at Paley and Lowe uses drawing to convey information about the properties of line under controlled experiment to express movement—expansion, rotation, and sweep. Through precisely calculated systems, Pearson has charted the ability of marks to influence, modify, and transform one another. Combinations of progressive axial shifts in degree are studied by additive and subtractive methods of diagraming. Any poetry that arises does so from the textural sensualism of the masses of line as they become pure motion.

Pearson has tried to blow up the results of the immaculately realized drawings onto canvas with wider and longer lines of pen or magic marker. This attempt to expand the information into paintings (the unavoidable understanding of work on canvas, albeit unstretched) results in a clumsiness due to the irregularity of the lines. While the gridded marks alone are not interesting,

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