12/28/16

The first semester of junior year has ended and I have more time to consider the past four months. I have no structure to these posts, simply my thoughts as they arrive to me. Last December I made a line drawing during the landing of a plane, recording the vibrations as it landed. I couldn’t have imagined then how important the act of recording would become to my artistic process. I just finished a 10’ ink on paper line drawing of 1000 lines using primary colors.

Ink on paper, 1000 lines, 23 hours 5 minutes 13 seconds

Ink on paper, 1000 lines, 23 hours 5 minutes 13 seconds

I have been told by my peers and teachers that the rectangle is repelling from a distance yet stimulating up close.

The drawing was interesting towards the end because as I drew I had to count each line out loud to stay on track for 1000. speaking numbers as I draw has been a relatively new process that refocuses my intention at the start of each line. It also has had some unexpected results. I've always perceived numbers with colors simultaneously, not to the extent that some people experience synthesesia, but the link has been there as long as I can remember. The act of counting has made those connections more apparent. If I'm counting line number three and drawing a blue line something feels off since the numeral three is yellow to me. To explore this further, I've been making monotype prints and paintings with numbers drawn in their related colors.

There’s a declarative aspect to the pieces, they feel like math rubrics. I have been recording the time for each number/color work but I’m not sure if it’s necessary. I also need to point out that these works are interpretive and just because I’m using a blue doesn’t mean that it’s the ‘correct’ blue. Often I would draw a number and the color would feel slightly wrong. In my number painting I found most of my process to be corrective, trying to make the work more ‘right’. I also created an audio track of the numbers 1-288 counted with sounds overlapping each number. Different pitched sounds would represent a color and as the numbers climbed to the double digits the overlapping sounds became more complicated, reminiscent of a trance track.  

Monotype. Numerals 1-64

Monotype. Numerals 1-64

This fall has been an integral part to my development as an artist and I'm excited for the new year. 

My best,

 

Paul.

09/15/16

I've decided to create a blog. It's important that I start writing about my art. Doing this in a public way creates a transparency in my process and opens the dialogue beyond my daily sphere. I'm a junior at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut and this is the first semester where I have complete control over the direction in my work. I'll be updating this blog to talk about my successes, failures, and revelations during my creative process. Since the start of this Summer I've been creating process/ruled based art exploring the marking of time through line drawing. This past week I created a drawing on 6'x40" and 6'x6.5" pieces of sized paper. The rules are a follows:

  • Four drawing sessions (of left to right horizontal lines drawn in sequence) of 30 minutes, each in a different primary color (it's arguable that green is a primary color).  
  • Each session drawn at a different rate
  • A line for each minute in its corresponding color drawn on the 6'x6.5" strip 

Here is a video of the process (the camera died before the end of the last session)

 

I used distemper paint, which is rabbit skin glue mixed with pigment, to draw the lines. I wasn't able to get a full line across the page so I kept adding new lines on top of the old ones. The vertical strips of tape seen in the video were used as a visual guide to realign the lines horizontally. Here is an image of the finished piece. 

 

 

The use of color in representing each session is interesting to me and I'd like to continue to explore this.