Erik Lindman - Blanks
Text by Alex Bacon
29 x 20,5 cm, 11,4 x 7,6 Inches
English / French
Edition of 1000
Almine Rech Gallery Editions
This book is published in conjunction with Erik Lindman’s exhibition Blanks held at Almine Rech Gallery Paris, from March 21st to April 20th, 2015.
"Blanks", the title of Lindman’s exhibition at Almine Rech in Paris, evokes the kind of double play that is going on here. For the shape delimited in the painting by the buried imprint on that canvas copy of a metal sheet can be considered a blank in several senses of the term. Content-wise it is "blank", in that it is an expansive passage of a single color that does not form an easily discernable image, except the purely abstract, geometric one of the rectangle that it approximates rather than delineates, despite its origins in something taken from the world, already made. Indeed, that very act of appropriating a found object to generate a piece of shaped canvas can be considered a "blanking" out of its meaning : the functional role it had in its original form as a sign. A gesture that Lindman rendered further abstract and distanced by cutting along a fold that had been made in the sign to make it easier to carry, a pragmatic act that, ironically perhaps, serendipitously generated an abstact shape determined by this object’s practical history of use , rather than by its original, intended purpose as a passive support for text."
- Alexander Bacon