|•Mareike Lee‘s Lines–A Semiotics Comment
David Lidov 2009
|•MAREIKE LEE′S ZEICHNUNGEN —
Christoph Tannert 2012
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|Mareike Lee‘s Lines–A Semiotics Comment
Mareike Lee‘s visual art is musical.
Some images escape the notation of representing edges with lines, and interpreting lines as edges. We can make volumes that don‘t depend on lines – shapes that don‘t have clear edges – clouds, waves. We make lines that are not edges–lines for motion or to highlight brightness. These lines that are free from bounding objects display their own wonderful energetic properties. For geometry, the most radical deployment of lines is to fill rather than to bound space. In mathematical analysis, filling space with lines turns out to imply fractional dimensions. Perhaps more than two dimensions when Mareike Lee draws her chain−links, but slightly less than three when she hangs them across the rooms of her installations.
Lines that are not edges let go of the Gestalt grouping that ties vision to language. Instead, they become inflections articulating perceptual continuities. Inflections are not thing−y; they link to feelings. Music is, in its most typical structures, a continuity articulated by inflections: It is possible, therefore, to say that this visual art which also takes this path is musical.
Mareike‘s lines, not confined to a role−play of edges, are not confined to paper, either. They colonize architectural spaces, rewrite her books, command the viewfinder of her camera and re−imagine landscapes. We noted, to be sure, the free, continuous, inflected shapes in the backgrounds of our shared seen world — waves, clouds, fields billowing in wind, also making forms independent of the dominion of words. But now, in this work, the shaping is not the wind‘s but, as in music, the heart‘s – contours of love, loneliness, compassion … Watch the work slowly and quietly; you may hear it singing.
—David Lidov 2009
David Lidov (York University, Toronto) is a composer of music and the author of "Elements of Semiotics" and
"Is Language a Music?" (Indiana University Press, 2004.)