Booker writes that Kelly's work is "about space - the stuff in between the drawn lines, the transient shadows, the reflections thrown on the floor - the what's inside the outlines and the perfect color to hold space in check. Not merely apertures that shape the world in this odd way where Kelly is prepared to color, but instead his looking through these shapes with reverence and uncanny wisdom."
Video interview with Ellsworth Kelly. He discusses his approach to drawing and printmaking on the occasion of the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through April 22, 2012.
Kelly remarks: "When I draw I don't find my solution in doing it, like de Kooning or Pollock. They find painting when they do it - that's expressionism." Kelly continues noting that Braque related his first brushstroke to the second, the second to the third. This relating one mark to the next is a type of "layering" notes Kelly, "and I think I do that in drawing."
Rappolt writes: "It’s not the certainty, but the uncertainty that makes his work so special. If I say one thing about it, I immediately want to say its opposite. I think his works are not either/or, but both/and, to the point where I almost want to say nothing at all about them."
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