Tracing Frank Stella’s Disproportionate Influence on Contemporary Art
From the Catalogue:
Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Black and Creamsicle 700) is a stellar example of his iconic Butterfly compositions, which focus on the rigors of form and color and draw on traditional perspectival techniques refined since the Renaissance era.The creamy delicacy of the colored pencil endows the work with an exquisite diversity in texture and tone, while the force of the geometric bands as they converge on a central vanishing point produces a hypnotic experience, pushing the boundaries of the viewer’s perception.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: signed, titled and dated "# 700 untitled (Black and creamsicle) MARK GROTJAHN 2007 Mark Grotjahn # 700 Mark Grotjahn 07 UNTITLED (BLACK AND CREAMSICLE 700) " on the reverse
Tokyo, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Kaikai Kiki Artists Vol. 1, March 6 - 9, 2008
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 168, p. 123 (illustrated)
The Artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Painter and draftsman Mark Grotjahn is known for his ongoing investigation of perspective. In the "Butterfly" paintings starting in 1997, he uses dual and multiple vanishing points to create complex compositions of radiant, tonal color, alluding to such touchstones in the history of modernist painting as Russian Constructivism, Op Art, and Barnett Newman's "zips." Alongside perspective, he has pursued ideas like color restriction, seriality, and the sublime. In his more recent "Face" series, roughly painted on cardboard mounted to canvas, Grotjahn retains his radiant motif but replaces geometric rigor with ritualistic, totemic energy.
American, b. 1968, Pasadena, California, based in Los Angeles, California