LIVE TRANSMISSION: performative drawing

 

This work is culturally contextualized in the practice of drawing as a fundamental human endeavor and is continuous with the time-honored practice of drawing from life. It requires connection, direct observation, and LIVE TRANSMISSION. I draw from and build on the historical continuum of the field. Through this work, I transcend the arbitrary oppositions between abstract and figurative art, between purely gestural expression and documentary intent, creating narrative work which results in a final product that is not figurative. The drawings themselves become a third actor or mediator in the experience. That which was beneath notice
becomes concretized on the page as the paper receives the image.
 
MODUS OPERANDI: The method I have perfected requires close observation and actual drawing in real-time with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands. I condense observed movement into accumulations of graphite line, combining the controlled refinement of classical drawing with the sensuality of spontaneous gesture. These LIVE TRANSMISSIONS render visible normally invisible or fleeting movement patterns, through seismograph-like drawing.

LIVE TRANSMISSION drawings have been done with graphite on Bristol and various hard and handmade papers. Dimensions range from 4 x 6 inches to 14 x 17 inches to 39 x 42 inches; from 10 x 15 centimeters to 35.5 x 43,25 cm to 99.6 x 106.68 centimeters. Twenty of these drawings are in the British Museum Drawing Collection.