A review of Line: Making the Mark at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:
A line can be many things. In its most basic form, it is a long, thin shape, but this seemingly simple explanation can easily be complicated by contours, space, and decoration. Currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Line: Making the Mark attempts to show how the line moved beyond being part of a subject to becoming a subject itself for visual artists. In presenting work from a wide range of artists who explore the use of the line, viewers are presented with the opportunity to redefine how they see this form that has endless potential.
The line is intrinsic to all of the visual arts. From drawing and design to pure performance, the line pervades our world, and yet does not exist in nature. The line is unnatural. You experience the line when you see cracks, edges, and strands, but the line as we understand it in visual art is a concept; it’s artificial, a device we have learned to interpret as representative of something.