I have only recently encountered the visual works of Emilee Lord, an artist based in the U.S., but I am already touched and excited by these unique visual motifs. Lord’s work, though not entirely minimal, has minimalism as it’s essence, homing in on traces, remnants, shards, the detritus and minutiae left by human activity. Like the great Catalan artist, Antoni Tapies, Emilee Lord scars and tears her works, not as acts of violence, but perhaps in some gestural attempt to leave traces of activity, a kind of visual reference point, or marker that boldly states, “I was here”, or more importantly, “WE were here”.
Most fascinating are the works on silk, where Lord traces minute imperfections in the material with ink, or the Surface/Process works with plaster and compound over ruffled fabric, or indeed the White Line studies (no connection with us), simplistic markings, almost doodles, and gentle meaderings that represent visual meditations, ruptured surfaces that act as signifiers of the human condition. Lord’s works are acts of subtle elegance, no grand gestures, or awe inspiring canvasses, but hints, whispers and shadows, that once we are aware of them, are suddenly imbued with significance and an almost transcendental beauty. Lord’s work is concerned with the memories, shadows, and remains that we scar our existence with, and for that reason alone, her work is very special indeed. BGN.





About whiteline1

WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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