abstract black-and-white mixed media drawing; horizontal lines throughout dense black; several diagonal lines at bottom; light vertical impression of line on L with outline of oval at UL

%C2%A9 Jack Whitten Estate %2F Hauser %26 Wirth

The Third Entity #1, 2016

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In social science, the concept of the "third entity" is defined as an invisible force created between, but independently from, you and another person. In other words, the relationship between Person A & B would be formulated as "Relationship = Person A + Person B + Third Entity." Along these lines, Jack Whitten’s drawings in "The Third Entity" series can be interpreted as visual and conceptual representations of this intangible force that exists between all people, one that is both mutable and capricious. Drawn in black graphite and wax on Evolon, a soft microfilament fabric, the pair of monochromatic compositions suggest rising dust storms or views of earth made from orbiting satellites. Various lines intersect the nebulous images, which have the effect of focusing attention on the textured, material surfaces of the drawings, a key component of Whitten’s experimental approach.

abstract black-and-white mixed media drawing; horizontal lines throughout dense black; several diagonal lines at bottom; light vertical impression of line on L with outline of oval at UL

© Jack Whitten Estate / Hauser & Wirth

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