François Morellet, DASH DASH DASH. Potsdamer Straße 77 – 87. 10785 Berlin
The directors of Blain|Southern are delighted to present DASH DASH DASH, an exhibition of new and historic works by the acclaimed French artist François Morellet. This will be the first major display of Morellet’s work in Berlin since his 1977 solo show at the Neue Nationalgalerie, and will be staged during the city’s Gallery Weekend.
Throughout his long career – he will be 89 this year – Morellet has worked with geometric forms. While he has used a variety of media and techniques, his interest in grids, planes, and the arrangement of lines within space has been constant. The centerpiece of this exhibition, the site-specific Bandes Décimées, 2015, is a typical example. Two largescale vinyl installations range across the opposing walls of the gallery’s vast downstairs space. On one wall Morellet has created a repeated sequence of overlapping vertical and diagonal lines; on the other these are replicated, only in negative form, creating origami-like shapes. While the lines have been created by a rigorous mathematical system, the shapes produced in the negative are random; subtractions creating abstract forms. By employing constructivist, mathematical systems Morellet plays with our visual expectations; planes and lines are tilted, symmetry is disrupted and geometry is altered. The result, as with much of Morellet’s work, is playful, beautiful and challenging, asking the
observer to engage intellectually as well as aesthetically.