New York

Terry Winters

Sonnabend Gallery

If drawing is understood as an unconsciously directed pattern of lines that eventually resolves into an evocative, peculiarly organic image, then Terry Winters is one of the masters of the medium. His drawings convey a sense of emotional conviction, even if the emotion cannot be named, and even if the nature of the organic object represented cannot be specified; this ineffability only adds to the work’s mystery.

The overgrown terrain of works such as the ecstatically bright Potential Surface of Density, 1995, suggests a rapidly mutating mass of enigmatic feeling. For Winters, it is as if density were, in and of itself, expressive ripeness. His trick—it is a Surrealist one—is to transform what seems like a meticulous drawing of a detail of nature into the symptomatic expression of emotional terra incognita. Winters often unwinds his line only to weave it into a psychic web, as in Tenon’s

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