Studio Henning Haupt

Blind Paintings II, 2013


This series of paintings engages in a production process that questions my vision as a necessary tool to draw.
Each of the paintings consists of 3 layers of line drawings and 3 layers of monochrome paint that are alternating. Each layer of line drawing follows one simple thought, an assignment (A – E) described in the title. The drawing is executed in a condition that made it impossible to see the result of the drawing developing in front of me on the paper: either with white crayon on white paper or being blindfolded.
The drawing becomes visible in the next step of the process by adding semitransparent layers of oil paint. The now-visible result of drawing and painting is subject to additional decisions such as adding darker or lighter tones.
In these paintings a rational assignment is set in tension with the intangible, atmospheric qualities of the result. The work juxtaposes a expression of words, the title, its execution in an action, and a resulting product. The paintings offer a comprehensive construct, open to personal appreciation revealing the relativeness of the rational phrase of the title. They invite the audience to share the pleasure of drawing and painting; to dive into form, space, and atmosphere; and to decipher thoughts and processes.