Danielle Rante’s delicate work with paper requires a closer look, as Rebecca Rafferty discovered at Rante’s show in New York this fall:
“The non-intrusive nature of the mixed-media works on paper has an Eastern aesthetic; Rante does not plan the pieces, but works in an intuitive, trusting, wabi-sabi fashion and mingles finely penciled organic imagery with abstract patterned designs. Pencil work, a bit of colorful ink, and ridiculously meticulous cut paper mingle for a result that is clean, spare, and meandering. The detailed minutiae calls you closer, the pages pinned to the wall tremble and float out to meet you, responding to the breeze of your approach and your breath, and shivering shadows and silhouettes of lacelike ferns dance about on the wall. Below one piece is a series of dot-rings, penciled directly onto the wall and resembling speakers. In some cases, it’s hard to differentiate between shadows, holes, and actual markings.”
Many of her works are made with only paper and graphite, while others involve cutting or punching holes in the paper. The installation works (very top and very bottom) are created from a single sheet, perfectly cut (how does she transport these things?!)
Of her work and process, Danielle Rante says “Rather than each piece presenting something comprehensive, it functions within my innate self-referential logic- like rambling line segments, passive suspensions or intricate details. I build up an inventory of drawings, prints, works made out of cut paper, photographs or animations to create a flexible network of relationships that I can change and reshape to form site-specific installations and create new spaces with the work.”
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!