A Japanese ledger from the 1930s, filled with entries for an unknown business, may be an unlikely inspiration for art—unless it lands in the lap of experimental animator and Japanophile Paul Glabicki. Best known for frenetic animations of geometric images, Glabicki became so fascinated by the ledger’s daily arrays of numbers and letters, which mirrored his own sequenced work, that he found himself wanting, as he writes, “to continue the ritual.” He transcribed the Japanese characters of the ledger’s individual pages onto separate sheets of paper, and then added, in cloud-like masses, fragments of his own personal information: correspondence, architectural sketches, multiplication tables, geometric doodles. Each work, drawn in both ink and pencil with Glabicki’s trademark precision, presents a storm of data—snapshots, perhaps, of the artist’s brain. Objects appear to tumble along the guiding lengths of arcing and zigzagging lines; light touches of color, often placed along a ragged circumference, convey the sense of swirling motion. East meets West, the past collides with the present. The clutter doesn’t quite approach that of horror vacui, but clearly the drawings have emerged from the heavy labor of obsession—which makes their graceful energy all the more marvelous.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: April 9. Continues through May 9, 2009