Opening this Friday the 6th of April, “Resonance”, will be Carl Krull’s first exhibition with Hans Alf Gallery. The audience is presented with a series of the artist’s familiar, seismographic drawings that exemplifes his work through the last decade.
We meet works from the road trip series “Car Scroll”, a number of smaller and larger portraits from the series “Omicron” and ”Olmec”, plus two monumental ink drawings from the artist’s latest series “Barrier”.
A recurrent characteristic in Krull’s works is an almost sculptural approach to drawing that resemble nature’s peculiar math as found in the growth rings of trees, alluvial soil, and stalactite caves. Through a topographic ocean of lines, Carl Krull creates a unique plasticity that challenges optic perception and breaks with the two-dimensional nature of the paper.
Krull’s artistic nature is fgurative and improvisational. His techniques and motives leave room for the viewer, who is invited to explore each artwork in search of unknown territories.
The title Resonance refers to the artistic approach and also reminds us of the dialog taking place between the observer and the work itself. Images rise from an uncharted seabed. Rather than having contours that outline the subject, an abundance of lines seems to protrude it. Lines act as sound waves showing us something hidden from plain eyesight.
In his most recent body of work the “Barrier” series, Carl Krull’s seismographic approach is changing. What used to be a rather strict method seems to have loosened up. Shapes no longer emerge from an either horizontal or vertical equilibrium of lines. Now the network of lines slice through the drawings from angles which emphasize the dimension of perspective. The lines are bouncing of the surfaces of the fgures inhabiting these topographical territories, as if caught by sonar and echolocated in space.
Photographer Henrik Haven has had the great pleasure of documenting Carl’s creative process for some years now and below is his coverage.