Bitterfeld, Germany, 1949
Presented by GALERIE JEANNE BUCHER JAEGER
Throughout the years, Hanns Schimansky has been patiently developing an original form of visual poetics that stems from a strong ethical stance: a deliberate choice to make drawing his exclusive practice.
His work is divided technically and stylistically into three distinct groups: graphite pencil drawings on prepared paper, foldings in which vibrant colour emerges as a structural element, and Indian ink drawings made with a nib pen. These ‘visual melodies’ have inspired several generations of new artists and collectors.
Our eyes can follow exploratory lines that move and spread like rhizomes across the surface of the paper. In some cases, we can virtually hear the sound of this visual-acoustic line, the result of a metal nib filled with ink moving across a more or less rough surface. The drawing/musical score is created by the marks left as the line continues its way through breaks and interruptions.