William E. Brovelli

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Isolated canvas, 2010 Photograph Non Applicable
Timeline canvas (whitewashed), 2009- ? Acrylic, Ink And Graphite On Canvas 30"X40"
Timeline canvas (active), 2009- ? Acrylic, Ink And Graphite On Canvas 30"X40"
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Existentital figurative, expeimental, test, informatics, time-based, format, restraint, restricted, grouping, segment, grid, monochromatic, generative, accumulative, repetition, Either/or, process-oriented, pen&ink, free-will, masses, structure, evolution, neurology, biological-rythms, memory, cognitive, time-line, kierkegaard, choice, volition, determinism, mapping, Mark, charting, order, numbered, sequence, minimalism, neural

Timeline canvas

The Timeline canvas is a uniform 30 x 40 inch size on which is applied a grid format with 1,012 sections (cells). Content is inked within each cell until the image area is filled; the cells are then whitewashed and refilled with new content. This process continues indefinitely until the canvas is purchased or "shut down"


 "Each of these ineffable demarcations— each tiny space of intensity— Brovelli terms a  “cell” – a wondrously ambivalent term perfect for its positive and negative inferences.  This term has biologic connotations, implying growth and change. The other implication, that of solitude (a monk’s cell), punitive incarceration (lock-down) offers us a mental space or condition in which repetitive, if not ritualistic, motions or movements are initiated while “doing time” in the service of Our Lord or The Man." 

Excerpt from: The Lingering Immaterialities of William Brovelli by Dominique Nahas © 2010

Dominique Nahas is an independent curator and critic based in New York City.

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