Andy Black is an artist based in Malton, North Yorkshire. This current exhibition focuses on a selection of his recent works on paper. Black gives us an understanding of his process in his own words:

''I have drawings of around a hundred forms collected together in a small book. Some of these forms are objects from the landscape – trees, bushes, rocks, mountains, lakes. Others are sharp-edged and geometric or more amorphous and blobby. Others are reminiscent of topiary or architecture. All the forms are real in that they obey gravity and are rooted to the ground. These forms (to steal Philip Guston’s idea) are my alphabet. Also in this book are drawings that have a different function. They are diagrams of how to organize the pictures (plot, island, field, parterre and quincunx) – the syntax of my open-ended series of drawings.

There are other constants too: the paper is white and I use a black brush pen than provides an economical mark. The forms are plotted onto a perspectival grid so that we have an aerial viewpoint over a territory that recedes deep into the distance. A strong light illuminates the drawing so that each form casts a long dark shadow.

In the studio, with these set constraints and door shut to other variables, I construct drawings of imagined exterior spaces. I think of them as drawings of gardens. Some are systematically planned with formal, abstract patterns. Others are allowed to become overgrown where the forms, like weeds, multiply and compete for space.

Once the drawings are completed I enjoy looking down to survey a self-contained world. I imagine being down on the ground exploring the pockets of space and paths between the details.''

Visit www.andyblackart.com for more information about the artist.

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