My artwork stems from of a simple black line on a white canvas.

The painting starts with the placement of the marker pen upon the large empty drawing platform, which then evolves to create an intricate world of patterns.

I study the movement of the line and its expressive powers as they are assimilated into the canvas, from the first point of contact to the lifting of the hand away from it. Each painting is one long continuum, but once it is complete, I find it impossible to trace the line back to its origin.

The line becomes a duration, one action invested in time and matter.

My technique is connected to the expressive gesture of the action painting, but my work process is very quiet and controlled.

My consciousness and my body are solely focused on the moving of the black marker.

Thus, I think of my choice to work in high contrast of black and white as an effort to reduce the gesture, and the pattern, to a zero degree.

The engagement between the line and the platform examines figures that exist in different states of emergence, forming a somewhat symmetrical, abstract while orderly, sometimes crowded worlds.

They depict a fragile figurative balance of independence and codependence, that reflects upon communal life and social interaction. As more layers of pattern are drawn, more possible interrelations are created and visual hierarchies intertwine.

Moving away from the canvas I let the line stand still, knowing it will be forever present within the depth of the pattern created..

©  by Nissim Ben Aderet.