27 1/2 x 20 in.
Erwin Bechtold’s Untitled lithograph draws attention to the act of making a basic shape and its variations. A shadowy gray capsule set against a grid background is mirrored by a hazily outlined red capsule placed below it. The grid system itself consists of regularly spaced horizontally and vertically crossed lines that provide regularity when laying out forms. In drawing and painting, the grid enables designs to be enlarged or transferred easily. In Bechtold's words, "Our existence is like a ball being batted about by controlled disorder on a playing field of uncontrolled order. My pictures are an attempt to express this complex and unfathomable mystery via the medium of art."
German, b. 1925 -
Ruth S. Schaffner Collection
Bechtold, Erwin and German, b. 1925 - , “BECHTOLD, Erwin,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed June 3, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4964.