One Line is, as it semantically says, the investigation of a unique presence of creation into nothingness. If everything begins with white, the next step in the universe of creation is the unique stroke, the irreversible act that will mark the initial void, destroying its pureness in the process.
The most fundamental element of art is the line; it is the origin of all existence, the root of all phenomena. In Franzen’s work One Line, he builds upon his previous work Pristine, an exploration of purity and the unborn. With this project, Franzen considers that the original purity is destroyed, in an irreversible state. After such an act, anything can happen to the canvas. The canvas can no longer remain as the oblivious void, the act of creation has been consummated.
In the series One Line, Franzen uses both ink and gold pigments to destroy the void of the white canvas. He considers that the creative act is a moment of simplistic singularity; for this reason, the result of such experimentation leads to the representation of one single, stunningly imperfect line situated more or less in the middle of the paper. The artist is also limited to one mind, one act, one moment. Franzen uses extremely thick paper, so that the line is most visible and contrasted against the original medium. The use of black ink is close to Franzen’s common drawings, and helps him to understand the origins of his dualistic approach to the paper and the pen.
The use of 24 Carat gold serves the same purpose. Nevertheless, the essence of creation is to be adored, and with the golden colour, Franzen makes a direct connection with the adoration of gods and icons. The first creation is to be considered iconic and of extreme importance, not only when considering Franzen’s art work, but most importantly when considering his cosmological thoughts.
One Line can bee seen as a reduction of Each Line One Breath, but it simultaneously is a maximization of the importance given to the line; the one line holds the intrinsic potential to evolve into any form; it is one line, but it is also every line. The line is the genetic code of artistic rendering, something that is infinitely complex. It becomes the glorification of all forms, and it simultaneously is the simplest of artistic acts. It thus represents not only the essential act of creation, but also the force that this creative process produces. Franzen’s methodological investigations lead to the conclusion that space is not itself the line, but rather it sustains and enables it to take on the form of a line, which ultimately comes to represent the line in its truest form. Franzen’s universal inquire is truly present in the One Line series, with greatly simple artworks that can transcend the barriers of the original void.