In the large-scale drawings of Katie Sehr, extreme conglomerations of the tiniest, repetitive gestures cluster together to create a unique and unexpected universe. Sehr’s intricately patterned works are deceptively simple.  There is an undeniable manic-obsessive process behind  her freehand drawings, realized without the aid of a prototype or stencil. Coupled with the sheer volume of drawing activity before us, this obsessive act is an unerring ode to commitment and artistic persistence – to hold fast to a methodology and see it through to its logical and unanticipated conclusion. The works also double as performative documents, clear evidence of a relentless, artistic drama, which is not merely the final realization of a complicated drawing but also an exploration of the implications of such an intense process. Depending on the color, the works can appear serene or bustling with internal energy. If a pale ink languidly pulls us into a placid visual field, a more vibrant ink yanks us in and bounces us around. Meanwhile, the overall effect of the work is illusory at times, confounding the eye with the simple, delirious visual pleasure derived from unexpected effects. A natural progression from Sehr’s earlier works (variations of the grid), these newer drawings dismantle the grid and reassemble its form as an aggregate of singular lines and smaller shapes.  In Sehr’s work, the most diminutive marks ultimately create and define their own enormous space, with its own set of implications and possibilities. -Carnegie Art Center Director, Ellen Ryan, 2007

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