Minimalist Poems

Minimalist Poems

Throughout much of his work, bpNichol also explored the possibilities of line to convey a message. In Of Lines: Some Drawings this exploration of line reached its pinnacle. In a very minimalist style, Nichol produced thirteen pages with a single diagonal line drawn in pencil crayon on each page in this work. The uniqueness of each line was underscored by the titles that were given to each page, such as Line #1, Drawing of Line #1, Line #4 (drawn while thinking of previous lines), and Line Drawn As A Response To An Inner Pressure To Draw Another Line While Resisting The Urge To Call It Line #5. These titles were artistic and authorial qualifications that provided arch metaphysical distinctions between each drawing.

 Some Drawings