Let It Flow
Drawing - Digital Drawing
Automatic Drawing. The marker moves fast, with no plan about what it should make. I find that a new marker, produces a punchy drawing unlike any other. For every drawing that makes it to a finished artwork, there are about 100 that remain as improvised sketches. I roll up the rejects and through them in the trash.
With a sharpie, there are no mistakes and I am forced to accept every line, and every gesture as the basis of the work. Factors like the age of the marker and the type of paper drastically effect the drag and friction of the motion, producing very different results. Smooth paper creates wide swirls and dancing waves, while rougher paper causes intricate folding and interlocking shapes. The size of the paper also plays a role in what kinds of shapes emerge.
I pile these up on my desk, later digging through to harvest the good ones. Sometimes when I'm drawing, I know that it's primal and good. Sometimes I know it's just rehearsed mindstuff and I abandon it. Sometimes it comes in a frenzy of motion, tears, gratitude, and absolute detachment. My eyes are looking for something fresh and completely novel. Sometimes, it feels like my hand can lock-on to a kind of magnetic field, tracing the contours of an unknown dimension. In simple terms, my work proves that a unified field exists without the need of a Large Hadron Collider. Call Him God, the universe, or consciousness, it does not matter. The experience is beyond words and is never bound by them.
The surreal forms and shapes of my work are similar to those of Salvador Dali. However, Dali was focused on depicting material objects in a dreamy world of conscious and unconscious symbols. Unlike Dali, my works do not depict material symbols or objects, and instead leave behind only traces of the primary universal substance. This substance is known as the soul, self, spirit, or animating principle. Colors and lines dance in harmonies of absolute awareness, making these works extend beyond the material realm into the sublime. This is not my choosing, but the area of expression that I deeply love and feel to be my natural language.
Mondrian is known for his formal expressions of form and color. He termed his style neoplasticism. Like him I see the sublime in form and color. But while he used the physics of mathematics and rulers, I use the physics of chance, flesh, of bone, paper, felt tips, joints, muscles, and sinew.
I digitize my drawings and color them to expose the beauty of the curves previously formed. The coloring process is also done in an improvised vector and digital process, with the difference that colors can be shifted, redone, and undone until a satisfying composition emerges.
I am left with works that are merely artifacts of my joy and being. I am really happy to see that after years of improvising and practicing, these abstract artworks are being enjoyed by others. Thanks for your love and support!
August 14th, 2012
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