Inside the Studio
Blake on 'Placeholder'
Blake Aaseby takes us behind the scenes with his new series of paintings 'Placeholder', which explore memory through rhythmic mark-making.
For this series, textiles and pointillism were the perfect pairing for my desire to blend mapping and storytelling. I’m drawn to the musicality of pointillism. It’s easy to get lost in the rhythm, pattern, and movement of it all. As a drummer, I relate to the percussive quality of striking pastel on wood panel. The tones, cadences, and gestures come together to form something bigger than its individual self. Just as in a score, each mark plays a part while the absence or restraint of another holds equal weight. Drawing these pieces also allows me to freely explore without worrying about the physical architecture of a textile or its structural integrity.
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