Circuit Lines

The complexity of Stella’s Circuit series is diabolical. Interesting is that there are relationships that no one could be expected to see, or that, because of the crowdedness of the work, are close to impossible to see, and that the artist has invested a lot of energy in them knowing that they will be invisible. This series might be Stella’s belated cubism, the works in which he acquired the deep skills and knowledge that enabled succeeding series. For example, the patterns of etched lines are pretty clear and understandable, but they are layered over cut out shapes. Some of the cut outs specified in the preparatory drawings are negative, some are positive shapes, and in the finished works they move forward and back and tilt at different angles. And of course they are all overpainted. It’s very hard to keep track of the etched pattern, but Stella has paid a lot of attention to the specifics of where the lines start and end. The drawings are on layered sheets of acetate.

Drawing for Zeltweg

Drawing for Zeltweg

Maquette for Zeltweg

Maquette for Zeltweg

Frank Stella, Zeltweg 1982

Frank Stella, Zeltweg 1982

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