April 27, 2018, Los Angeles, CA. Jason Vass is pleased to present Lines of Inquiry, a show of works by A.M. Rousseau. The exhibition will run from March 3 – April 14, 2018.
“A.M. Rousseau is interested in the subject of line in all its manifestations. For over 20 years she has sought to explore intimately how a rudimentary line can convey meaning. Using a deceptively simple formulation of connecting 100 points on a line to another 100 hundred points on a line, she takes her inspiration from a Paul Klee dictum: “Take a line for a walk, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.”
What happens in between is the subject of her work. She makes a line, chooses one point and follows it to wherever the mark leads, repeating the process to builds a lush field, a composition of linear energy. In other work, through a process of elimi- nating the beginning and end points, she connects bits and pieces of lines that then form shapes of their own making, each line finding a partner and forming a unique arrangement or pattern.
Each line is a metaphor for the way life happens: one point leading to another, ever changing, but with a profound dynamic spirit. For her, “Every line is a reflection of individual will, a unique indicator of purpose and direction, just as in hieroglyphics, a kind of handwriting that can be read if the system of mark making is understood.” She regards her work as meditative, the mind and body connected and finding ex- pression through motions of the arm, wrist, hand, fingers, and finally exiting via the implements of a brush, pen or pencil.
She says, “A line is energy made visible, a souvenir if you will, of something that hap- pened.” Her work has much in common with the timeless quality of ancient Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, at the same time as it is firmly rooted in contemporary art practice. This exhibition acquaints viewers with the rich variety and diverse output of her many years of work.” – Roberta Carasso, Art Critic