Bart Soutendijk

Why Wire?

.....My intention is to present an image or movement in its simplest form.
I use line to capture the feel of the image, and I use wire to emphasize the line.
..... Making a line drawing of an object is like undressing it. In the same way that a black and white photo allows you to see an image without the distractions of color, a tracing or silhouette of the same image allows you to view it without the distractions of tone.
.....My line drawings go one step further. Unlike a tracing or silhouette, they allow you to view an image without the distractions of the many shapes that compose it. I make the drawing on a computer, then remove many of the lines until I have only the essence of the image. I ask myself: "What is it about this image that's unique?" Then I strip away the lines that aren't required to convey that "uniqueness."
..... When my drawing is complete, I lift the lines off of the paper by tracing the drawing with a piece of steel rod thereby removing a final distraction made by the line's position on paper. Many of my sculptures are one continuous line. A technique, I believe, that further simplifies the image and is emphasized by the use of rod.
.....The final work "after the drawing on a computer, after a wire model mounted inside a frame behind glass" is a free-hanging sculpture made of painted steel rod. No colors. No tones. No paper. No frame. No line-thickness fluctuation. Just one continuous line in space. You can't get simpler than that.

Bart Soutendijk

Bart is also available for commission work.

"Child clipping her nails"
12X16 inch Framed
$335

"Girl on the beach with a shovel"
16X20 inch Frame
$335

"Holding her knees"
16X20 inch Frame
$335

"Bather"
12X16 inch Frame
$240

"Where are you going, Venessa?" 16X20 inch Frame
$285

"Polynesian Girl"
16X20 inch Frame
$275

 

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