Arie Menes

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Artist Statement

The idea that a line on a flat surface can represent more than itself, varying in tone, width,
texture, direction, continuity, transparency - become alive, pulsating with rhythm, rapid or
slow modulation, movement and color - represent a temperament, a history, a transformation,
stepping into the unknown, the essence and core of the creative force and imagination, that
idea continues to move me while asking myself what lies on both sides of the line, what is
really there?

I find my inspiration in nature - patterns on tree trunks and in the landscape, and cityscapes
with their array of juxtaposed building facades.

I am particularly drawn to the art of Cezanne, Piet Mondrian, Philip Guston, Ad Reinhardt,
Agnes Martin, Alberto Giacometti, Giorgio Morandi, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Ed Moses,
Charles Arnoldi, Moshe Kupferman and Louise Fishman.

My paintings in the last decade are based on intersections of horizontal and vertical bands and
stripes, and are an expression of my interest in the nature of painting and the painting process
itself. In each painting I explore the tension between the grid-like structure and individual marks
of chance and randomness creating a space for contemplation and movement.


San Diego, CA, 2009