Jorinde Voigt

"Situationsstudie IX" (2013)

What looks at first glance like a thickening tangle of confused lines is revealed by closer inspection to be a precise planar arrangement conceived as a work about perception. In Jorinde Voigt’s drawings, exactitude and regularity are not in contradiction with dynamic expression. In this regard, they derive from music, with which Voigt engages using the means of her art: like scores, her drawings should be read as visual notations of processes in time, as an attempt to find semiotic systems to render events and impressions. Algorithms analyze time and movement as a fundamental and ineffaceable part of the generative process and translate them into a playing field. Spontaneity and variation remain essential components of the process.

Jorinde Voigt’s edition for Texte zur Kunst is taken from her “Situation Studies,” in which she records specific moments in the day-to-day operation of her studio: in this instance, a conversation in the studio kitchen, with a bouquet of lilies in the background. She first draws the outlines of what she sees in the colors of the various objects and then undertakes a nuanced study of the palette (the light gray of the shirt, the red of the lilies) in parallel lines that coalesce into wider bands, producing an autonomous elaboration of the basic forms she has created; finally, arrows and labels examine the general as well as specific motion of things. In a structural reenactment of the patterns that underlie our orientation in the world, she analyzes the conditions of our experience and renders them perceptible as an aesthetic form in its own right.

Jorinde Voigt, ”Situationsstudie IX”, 2013, Ditone print, 76 x 56 cm, 100 + 20 A.P., numbered and signed on the front, € 290.- plus shipping.