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Line Fragment
Anne Leigniel

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TANA Gallery Bookshelf is pleased to present Line Fragment, a solo exhibition by London-based French artist Anne Leigniel. Travelling around Europe and Asia, with Japan being one of her frequent destinations, Leigniel has developed the bodies of fragile and often ephemeral works in different forms and materials. Among her diverse oeuvre, Leigniel continues experimentations on line through multiple series of monochrome or subtly colored minimalistic line drawing, which easily allude to Eastern calligraphy including Japanese sho but hardly belong to any particular tradition.

Physically fragmented yet strongly coherent as a perceived image at a time, the nebula of lines in Leigniel's drawing induces a unique aesthetic experience where the visible and the invisible interplay coequally to carry a still formless impression. Like a constellation composed of discrete stars, individual strokes come together into a continuous flow with its invisible in-between spaces activated as though they existed alike. It is little known that post-war modern and avant-garde calligraphy in Japan critically explored the dichotomy and amalgam of representation (as moji [character]) and painterly abstraction (as hi-moji [non-character] or boku-sho [sumi-ink impression]), just as Western formalism painting did albeit differently with following spectacular conceptual progressions that have become art historical cannons. However, probing still unexplored ambiguous realms between presence and absence, Leigniel's subdued concentration on line itself and its intangible effects on negative space reminds us of the now almost forgotten history of avant-garde sho and sheds new light on its rich conceptual legacies such as shinsen [spirit line] or hitsui [mind of stroke] coined by Nankoku Hidai, the father of avant-garde calligraphy and ink abstraction.

In fragmental presentation, the exhibit offers an extraction of imaginary continuation that would extend before and after the very visible part of it. Through this allusion to the residual, Leigniel furthers the concept of ma [negative space] from inward to outward, i.e., from the physical space between definite objects to what dwells only ephemerally in the indefinite stream of mind.


Anne Leigniel
Lightness and ephemeral are recurring themes in her work and the line; weather physical or abstract wandering through her work link the difference bodies of work. Using simple elements in different medium and with a minimal spirit, the artist creates a poetic dimension allowing breathing spaces and silent gaps, inviting the viewer into a contemplative meditation.


Related Event

Anne Leigniel participates in the exhibition "parallèles // obliques" and performs during reception party.
Please visit the link below for more detail.


parallèles // obliques
Thiago Antonio
Guillaume Barborini
Flavie L.T
Won Jy
Alexandre Kato
Takashi Nakajima
Shotaro Yoshino

at Sumiyoshicho Arai Building (Kannai, Yokohama)

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