A review of Scribble Morphings by HJ Bott at Anya Tish Gallery:
A long time ago in a corporate office not too far away, HJ Bott developed a formal system that would serve as the source of his visual interpretations for years to come: the Displacement-of-Volume System Concept, or DoV for short. Since its inception, he has used this system of multi-dimensional forms to express views on a wide variety of sociopolitical and anthropological ideas. Currently on display at Anya Tish Gallery, Bott’s exhibition Scribble Morphings is proof that the artist has been honing this method for over 40 years.
Entering the gallery, visitors are presented with exactly what the exhibition title promises. Panels and canvases adorn the walls, and these square and rectangular grids house their own series of shapes and lines. The “phenomenon of the line” is something that Bott has been exploring, or more accurately, preoccupied with, for decades. For him, a line is like a vehicle through which he can navigate complex issues, dealing with angles and curves that are in perpetual opposition. Within the grids, the variations that represent the underlying ideas are facilitated by Bott’s use of mark making.