Nancy Riegelman

In drawings and paintings in acrylic and graphite, Nancy Riegelman documents her own respiration process by drawing a fine line for each breath she takes during a set time period. The artist typically works from the middle of her surface outward, creating a series of concentric rings. Worked primarily on white canvas or paper, Riegelman’s performative markings present a meditation on the passing of time. “The finished work is the accretion—really a kind of aesthetic ‘stream of consciousness’—of thousands of separate gestures, each with its own aesthetic and emotional content,” she says. Riegelman also produces solid wooden sculptures whose platinum finishes resonate light. Her work has been compared to that of Yves Klein and Carl Andre.

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