Dannielle Tegeder, “The Library of Abstract Sound” at Gregory Lind Gallery

by Admin on 11/12/2013

New York-based artist Dannielle Tegeder’s  large- and small-scale drawings of convoluted routes and organic meanderings of line, color, shape and volume in “The Library of Abstract Sound” at Gregory Lind Gallery are bound by visual strategies inspired by early 20th century Constructivist abstraction, an era borne from the rise of a mass-machine economy and sprawling metropolises. Tegeder, who was born to a family of steamfitters who give form to and guide such visually and substantively evasive forms of steam and liquids, also easily evoke the trade’s architectonic schematics in her artwork, and like steamfitting she gives shape and meaning to abstracted notions of space and place through extensive line work and shapes. Through new experimentation in her artistic practice, Tegeder’s current drawings and animations are organized  more organically, and while further succumbing to its inherently abstract qualities, explore intersections between the tangible and intangible mediums of art.


Dannielle Tegeder, “The Library of Abstract Sound” at Gregory Lind Gallery

A major feature of the exhibition, The Library of Abstract Sound, from which it gets its name, is an installation for its iteration at Gregory Lind Gallery consists of 72 drawings on four shelves that wind around the gallery space, and video playing sound recordings in a small alcove. These small tunes are created in collaboration with the drawings: Tegeder scans her works and feeds the information into a software, from which an algorithm translates the drawings’ lines, colors, and forms into sound equivalents. Each individual drawing therefore has a unique musical arrangement, which is played while the drawing is displayed on the monitor. While watching the video, areas of the drawings producing each tune become animated on the screen. Without knowing completely which was derived first, the software or the drawing, it is neither interpretive or representational, and retain each elements’ independence and its self-sufficiency. This process, as well as Tegeder’s motifs and style seems strongly inspired by Constructivism and especially Kandinsky, who were some of the first to explore the interrelationships between the visual and aural. Tegeder, however, embraces this entanglement that she includes animation with shapes, color, and sound and has taken these ideas much further in so many more ways.

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Dannielle Tegeder, “Oranlio: Light City with Silver Time Plan and Orange Structure with Calculated Structure with Square Tri-Level Schematic, and Tree Towers with Hollow Escape Route Storage with Underground Electric Nexus, and Evacuation Rooms” at Gregory Lind Gallery 

Perhaps as a corollary to her interests in the abstraction of sound, animation, and color, Tegeder’s drawings, animations, and even her sculptures (although not included in this exhibition), also seem to examine how space is employed– which, they seem to illustrate, is an entirely abstract concept as well. Space itself is treated an abstracted notion with pliant properties and having multiple dimensions, modified or multiplied by an intersecting or paralleled mark. The organic interweaving of color, shape and line allude to not only physical things, like the pipes and ducts from her family’s steamfitting business that are oft-paralleled with her drawings, but also how like her lines, shapes, and volumes, these pipelines of the steamfitter give form and meaning to basic vapor and liquids whose elemental properties and its occupied space are inherently equivocal, continuing to fluctuate according to their surroundings. Within the animation, white space is assigned a musical note, too, perhaps expressing that it is not merely the line alone from which drawing is wrought, and the line and shapes it creates are also merely perimeters of equally important space left unblemished.


Dannielle Tegeder, “The Library of Abstract Sound” will be at Gregory Lind Gallery, 49 Geary St., through November 30.


Dannielle Tegeder, “The Library of Abstract Sound” at Gregory Lind Gallery