Born April 1, 1951, Dernbach, West Germany
Jurgen Gorg captivates us with the lines of his drawings. This young artist combines the mastery of the classical line as found in the Italian Renaissance with a very modern interpretation and use of the line.
The viewer is caught in the movement. The melodic flow reminds us of jazz and the improvisational quality of the departure from and return to a simple melody. Space is explored, filled and accented - all executed with a lyrical, subtle and delicate fluidity. As his mind flows, his hand follows.
Art critics often comment on Gorg's use of line. For instance..."one notices the manner in which a flowing calligraphic contour grasps the physical motion, describes it, achieves independence, and spreads out as an informal drawing mark within the pictorial dimensions. The figural gesture pulsates within the space."
Another comments: "The gestures are those of uncramped, freed motion...The first action after a state of rest. The space around the figure is not defined. The posture is not encumbered by any interior furnishing, but can freely vibrate."
The human body is the predominant image portrayed by Gorg. His artistic universe consists of lovers, dancers, musicians and masked personages. Tender, lithe, slim, and young, these idealized, incompletely rendered figures suggest the timeless and eternal. An elusive quality is cultivated by Gorg who feels that "something should always remain open."
The focus centers on body language and kinetic movement. By leaving the faces vague, with eyes almost always closed, there is room for dreaming - both in the viewer and within the subjects of the painting. This quality of the somewhat indefinite yet perfect form creates a romantic aura.
In his work, Gorg explores relationships. A sense of intimacy prevails, yet the viewer is unsure of the precise nature of that intimacy. The perfect bodies suggest a relaxed sensuality. The recurrence of the mask suggest that Gorg is exploring the nature of love and illusion, life as a masquerade or as a continual journey of transformation.
Most often, Gorg uses a monochromatic palette. Soft color is applied with graphite in combination with the translucent layers of oil. Shading is subtle-white highlights focus attention as does the sparing use of bright color.
The viewer comes away from this young artist's work feeling somehow lighter in spirit, rested. A sense of joyful and harmonious tranquility lingers.
1993 New York City
Neil P. Zukerman