Untitled #502205NO472F, 2022
70 cm x 55 cm
Temperature-sensitive pigment and medium binder, raw canvas, wood and aluminium stretcher
The notion of technical precision, and its association with design, manufacture and repeatability, has often been pitted against spontaneous expression as the ultimate criteria for originality and authenticity in art. By embracing the idea that expression is only made possible by process and technique, Danish artist Line Busch (b. 1979) has developed an abstract painting practice that is both methodical and precise as well as responsive and unpredictable.
In Busch’s studio, large unstretched canvases are painted with undulating colour fields. The changes in gradation are soft like a mirage: deep mossy greens lift to the colour of light fern almost imperceptibly, whilst thick hot yellows peak and burn on the can- vas like the irresistible glare from the midday sun. Inspired by the sequential abstractions of Frank Stella and the principles of Op Art, Busch has maintained a longstanding interest in how colour can con- vey movement, and more importantly, transformation.
Working with painting and optical illusion whilst studying at Aarhus Art Academy in the early 2010s, Busch’s fascination with change, colour and perspective reached its natural culmination when the art- ist started initiating physical disruptions in the surface of painted canvasses. Cutting the canvas into identical strips and then stretch- ing these sections individually, arranged in sequence - each with a wave-like twist in the middle, to create the painting’s surface has now become the hallmark of Busch’s formal painterly style. The effect is an enhanced and affective registration of time’s artificial progression. Singular and repeating moments ripple up against one another whilst pigments flare loudly and fade away like so many experiences and sensory impressions. Changing in appearance as the viewer shifts position, these paintings seem to speak: “there you are, watching me change as you move, but notice how you are changing too.”