The Straight Line and the Pictorial Memory of the Gesture constituted Venet's first performance of the series in the United States. Accompanying Bernar Venet Indeterminate Hypothesis at 509 West 27th Street, the performance was held during the exhibition’s opening night in the gallery’s 297 Tenth Avenue location. The works produced during the performance remained on view through September 21, 2019.
The Straight Line and the Pictorial Memory of the Gesture uses the line as a tool to intersect the artistic mediums of performance, painting, and sculpture. Using a steel bar suspended from the ceiling, Venet and his performers apply paint to the surface of the gallery wall. Calling to mind the subtle asymmetry of inkblots used during The Rorschach Test, the four works on view push the boundaries of Venet’s exploration of line, angles, and rotation by demonstrating how the body can be used as a tool to bring the mathematical concept of the line to life.
Image: Installation of Bernar Venet The Straight Line and the Pictorial Memory of the Gesture. September 12–September 21, 2019. Photography by Christopher Stach. © 2020 Bernar Venet. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.