Yves Gaucher (1934-2000), Canadian
LIGNE, SURFACE, VOLUME, [ 2 ], 1961
Colour embossed etching on heavy wove paper; signed, titled, “Ligne, Surface, Volume, / 2 /, dated ‘61 and numbered 7/25 in pencil to margin
Plate Irregular/Full Sheet 12" x 10.5" — 30.5 x 26.7 cm.; 19.75" x 13.25" — 50.2 x 33.7 cm.
“During the early 1960’s Gaucher’s imagery was vaguely representational; the shapes in prints ... resemble flagstones, sometimes overlapping or ... floating freely across the white ground. He made these prints using multiple irregular plates so that the individual images become self-contained forms that rise above the surface of the paper. The absence of plate marks precludes interpreting the paper surface as anything other than itself.”
The embossing technique was well suited to such a subtle interplay of lines and patterns. The relationship of the lines seems to favour the mathematical or phenomenological over artistic sensitivity or intuition. Simply, serial repetition alerted slightly to evoke a difference not necessarily a hierarchy. The image can be taken in and digested in a glance.
Roald Nasgaard, Yves Gaucher: Life and Work, Art Canada Institute, 2005, unpaginated