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

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

"Holding her knees"
16X20 inch Frame

12X16 inch Frame

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

"Polynesian Girl"
16X20 inch Frame






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