As it Goes (2021), (set)
Ross Bleckner’s paintings attest to a peculiar sort of expressionism. Influenced by op art and neo-minimalism, they are reflections on the effect of illusionism on the viewer, which is to say, on the deliberate use of painterly means to contrive spatial depth and light-dark contrasts. But they also foreground the idea of the expressive nature of the painterly gesture. The potent tension in Bleckner’s pictures is evident in his celebrated flower series, to which “As It Goes,” his exclusive edition for “Texte zur Kunst,” belongs. The precise contours of the flowers contrast sharply with the intensity and opacity of the colors. Each picture, as a monoprint, is unique – created from a printmaking technique in which no two identical impressions result. Bleckner repeatedly printed the motif in series of six, the ink fading with each impression, the flower growing fainter and fainter. Each set is composed of six prints, which forms a natural limit, as by a seventh impression, the image completely vanishes. Evoking the melancholy of impermanence, the work is also a meditation on painterly production as such: we can observe the flower’s evanescence only because our picture of it is dissipating. The edition is available both as an individual print and as a set of six prints.