March 17, 2022

Sofie Thorsen: Chalk Lines

Book presentation

Sofie Thorsen
Chalk Lines

Sofie Thorsen in conversation with Verena Gamper

About the Publication

Chalk Lines is a series of works by Sofie Thorsen from the years 2013 to 2019. An appropriated chalk snap line marker, commonly found on construction sites to mark straight lines over greater distances, plays a main role in these works. The string with pigment in the housing is positioned just above the area to be marked, tensed by hand, and then snapped to the surface in a quick movement, leaving pigment as a trace of this brief moment of contact. In certain works this technique is applied directly to the wall, unfolding axonometric spatial constellations and the three-dimensional potentials of the wall itself. Others foreground the quality of the line, the connection between textiles, body, and space. The unique character of the line is always central, its quality as a snapshot of a controlled action – the release of the tensed string – and the interplay with the now uncontrollable behavior of the pigment.

With a preface by
Jasper Sharp

Essays by
Christina Nägele, Christian Teckert
In Between the Lines

Verena Gamper
Tactile Spaces. On the Textile Qualities in Sofie Thorsen’s Chalk Lines

Ilse Lafer
Sofie Thorsen: Whose Sleeves?

Graphic design
Martha Stutteregger

English translation
Peter Blakeney & Christine Schöffler; Michael Strand

Hardcover, 265 x 220 mm
184 Pages, 107 Illustrations

Verlag für Moderne Kunst 2021

ISBN: 978-3-903572-23-2

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