John Franzen
Sep 30, 2013 12:04AM


Paper: 700 grams "Saunder & Waterford"

Gold: Resin goldpigment beatgold 


My central theme "the sunken origin of the source and its key intelligence". It always leads me to the heart of the matter.

I proclaim the origin and the organizing structure of the all-enlivening nature.

Simplification and essentialization characterized thereby an integral part of my art.

"THE ONE LINE" is conceptual related to "EACH LINE ONE BREATH".

It dedicates exclusively to the initial origin of the image itself.

The line becomes a glorification and icon of the initial and fundamental form, act and force in hist essence of artistically creation itself.  

It is the measuring meter of art - The genetical code of artistically creation.

The draw-whrite-act as a meditation in which the human-universe-executer and the observer will achieve a kind of inner-worldly transcendence.  Shi Tao (Shih T'ao / Taochi) formulated the principle of one holistic brushstroke as a medium for the articulation of a non-dualistic cosmos.


"When I draw, I reduce myself, the motif and technique to a zero level of drawing. 

I draw the void. Not the line. I focus on the nothingness around the line.

It is a sort of meditation. My mind is clear. My focus is on the mere moment. 

There is only this one moment. Every time the same moment.

Everything else is still. Never thoughts are louder and feelings profounder than in this moment.

My mind transcends into bare presence. Personality becomes formless and nameless. 

With each breath the emptiness is filled more and more. 

With every line I get closer to my real origin…"


One of the most fundamental elements of art is the line. An important feature of a line is that it indicates the edge of a two-dimensional (flat) shape or a three-dimensional form. A shape can be indicated by means of an outline and a three-dimensional form can be indicated by contour lines. Line art or line drawing is any image that consists of distinct straight and curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (color) to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. Line art can use lines of different colors, although line art is usually monochromatic. Line art emphasizes form and outline, over color, shading, and texture. However, areas of solid pigment and dots can also be used in addition to lines. The lines in a piece of line art may be all of a constant width (as in some pencil drawings), of several (few) constant widths (as in technical illustrations), or of freely varying widths(as in brush work or engraving). Line art may tend towards realism (as in much of Gustave Doré's work), or it may be a caricature, cartoon, ideograph, or glyph. Before the development of photography and of halftones, line art was the standard format for illustrations to be used in print publications, using black ink on white paper. Using either stippling or hatching, shades of gray could also be simulated.


"Striving to use ever-simpler forms to reach peoples inner selves and complex thoughts. Simplicity leads to emptiness, the space where peoples minds reside."  Kenya Hara

"Ensō" represents a moment when the mind is free and the mind and body are not restricted in their creative process. Here, there is no way of amendment: The Ensō shows the state of mind at the moment of creation.

"Silence is so accurate" Rothko

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