Drawing with Nature:
Drawing is essentially in its rawest form – mark making. The following drawings were produced in collaboration with nature. By attaching drawing implements to various objects (in this instance found outside) such as trees, visual drawings can be made by recording the movement of the object. The following drawings were created by harnessing the kinetic energy of the wind through the movement of trees, and plastic sheeting. The resulting drawing is a visual documentation of an objects kinetic energy.
Coffee shop chance procedures cont.
Below are some further studies from the initial chance derived compositions based from the original coffee shop / sports hall source.
Coffee shop chance procedures
Below are a few studies I have recently made originating from inspiration derived from a recent visit to a coffee shop. The pieces have been created by the sole use of indeterminate process – employing an on-line random number generator, and dice. Deriving from John Cage’s chance procedures, a number generator and dice were used at every stage where a decision was to be made regarding the construction and composition of the piece – therefore, replacing the artists judgement of taste and preference with chance.
The source of my inspiration lay on the decoration adorning the upstairs walls of the coffee shop. Strips of wood, some carrying blocks and fragments of different colours had been seemingly randomly arranged on the walls to furnish the upstairs. The arrangement immediately reminded me of school gym floors with the overlapping of coloured tape simultaneously mapping out the dimensions of basketball and badminton courts.
On first viewing the wall takes on the resemblance of a monumental Malevich, with its simplified structural forms seemingly splattered across the canvas. Or even an exploded Mondrian painting. I immediately began to ponder over however, the potential that a de-constructed gym floor could offer for a re-imagining into an art work, and especially the potential of the role chance procedures could offer for deciding the arrangement of the composition.
So far, unable to get my hands on an old ripped up sports hall; I decided to settle for second best and re-create the parameters of the piece through printed outlines of sports hall markings.
Above: Initial compositions in black. right: Printed markings divided into ten strips. left: Printed markings divided into ten strips and divided into three.
Above: Later compositions in colour. immediately above: divided into ten strips. above: divided into ten strips with some divided into three depending on chance procedures.