Zurier’s visual language is minimal and at the same time very distinct: Linear elements build up space through an interaction of presence and absence. Inspired by observations of natural phenomena, light conditions and colour, the works convey a characteristic calmness and purity. Zurier effortlessly translates his artistic practice as a painter from canvas to copper plate to make the very process of printmaking visible: The marks in the plate, executed by brush or needle, become evident; the force with which the paper is pressed into the indentations is almost palpable. The three-dimensionality of ink sitting on paper, the rich texture of the surfaces, the physical material at hand become the topic of a meditation on color and surface.
John Zurier, born 1956 in Santa Monica, California, lives and works in Berkeley, California.
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