Mark Sengbusch’s recent paintings, The Comb Series, present the viewer with a two-color painting devoid of foreground and background, where all of the paint is equa-distant to the eye.
The Comb Series.
The two-dimensional plane.
Flat representation of space.
A graphic symbol may become an object.
Scale shifts. Orientation shifts.
Exploring Space via the Push and Pull of Positive/Negative.
Two color combinations of Black, White, Gray.
Like a map on a wall a painting floats in defiance of gravity and correct “overhead” orientation. This makes it (seem) like an object, not a representation of something else. This back and forth of orientation and scale are the basis of the Comb series.
The process is scrimshawed acrylic on panel. The second color is “inlaid” next to the first color in a chiseled channel. This line where the two planes meet is a line turned edge by the demarcation of “This side this color, that side that color.”
The result is a two-color painting where there is no background or foreground. No layering. All of the paint is equa-distant to your eye.
-Mark Sengbusch, Brooklyn, May 2012