Magazine article Artforum International

Andreas Schon

Magazine article Artforum International

Andreas Schon

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Andreas Schon's pantings are constructed from a lattice of straight lines and arcs that form a matrix of intersecting planes. From this abstract arrangement of the two-dimensional canvas, Schon develops a series of landscapes and a series of paintings of drawn window blinds.

In the landscape paintings, based on the plans of actual ancient Aegean sites and on fictional constructs, the transversing lines represent the roadways, furrowed ground, and architectural foundations of ancient lands. Olynth I, 1992, depicts the eroded Hippodamian grid used to plan the Greek town of Olynthus in the 5th century B.C. The compositions for Eryma II, 1991, Tholos I and Tholos II, both 1992, are fictive hybrids based on actual archaeological sites, fusing such elements as a circular, ancient public-burial monument with the contours of foundation walls.

These paintings record the beginnings of modern Western civilization. With their grids of intersecting lines overlaying the earth like a carpet of Carl Andre's tiles, these works remind us that there is no longer an unadulterated landscape and also very little virgin territory left to painting. Schon's landscapes are rendered in a diverse range of painterly styles: some in large brushy strokes that replicate the bleeding effects of a watercolor on a magnified scale, others, truer to their photographic sources, produce the illusionistic effects of modulated forms and create a logically receding space.

Schon selects his catalogue of images from photographs, books, newspapers, and magazines which function as a pictorial travelogue. …

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