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Eric Ketelsen’s abstract paintings and drawings may, at first glance,  appear to be a series of repetitive lines, but it is the detail happening below and within the layers of each piece that reveal the subtle yet rich variations in tone, texture, color, and gestural mark.

Influenced by Japanese Zen calligraphy, Ketelsen’s work centers on his fascination with the quality of line, mark, and stroke of the brush or pencil. Equally intrigued by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which recognizes the beauty of the imperfect, Ketelsen states, “I often strive for a look of faded color or an imperfect wash in my work. The small areas of paper or canvas where no paint is deposited by the brush fascinate me.”

 

Evanescence I, Nero pencil on paper, 17 x 14
Evanescence I, Nero pencil on paper, 17 x 14
Cow Lick, Nero pencil on paper, 30 x 22
Cow Lick, Nero pencil on paper, 30 x 22
Untitled Byways, Nero pencil on paper, 20 x 20
Untitled Byways, Nero pencil on paper, 20 x 20
Things Once Lost, Nero pencil on paper, 17 x 14
Things Once Lost, Nero pencil on paper, 17 x 14
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Eric Ketelsen
"Layers"
April 17, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Bloomington Theatre and Art Center
Bloomington, MN 55431

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