Thursday, December 04, 2008

ink drawings, ca. 1990-92

So, I've decided not to post online anymore the pages of Ruins as I make them (actually, I came to this decision a while ago, I'm just fessing up to it now), especially since once they're made they'll require some serious resequencing plus other editorial work... I just don't think the work as I'm intending it can be properly experienced in the piecemeal fashion in which I'm posting pages. So you'll just have to see it in its completed form (and on paper), a year or two from now.

This does leave me with a certain gap in material to post here, though... Fortunately, the work that Troy Lloyd has been recently posting on his blog has made me go digging through my basement for some old drawings, some of the earliest ones in which I began playing with inkblots, etc. Here are some of them, in roughly chronological order (and do keep in mind I was about 22 to 24 when making them):

And here is one done in September 1991 in collaboration with my friend Eva Struhal (I know the exact date because it's the only one signed and dated). I think she contributed some of the more landscape-y, as well as figurative, elements:

These are all 18" x 24", Sumi-e ink on paper. More to come later.


troylloyd said...

thanx for posting these, what else ya got in the basement, eh?

goodstuff, & again, i'm particularly fascinated w/ the top drawing, crazy in my head straight thru eyes, like Moon Knight when he was about to pass out & tripp'd out w/ the ELEVATOR letters, it's figurative, i'd say, & gives this viewer a feeling of interdimensionality, it's so clear, the diving figure & the midleft actionslash makes movement to add on dimensional spots,

the 2nd gives me V.Gogh & motion of moving thru the nighttimes, awake & racing toward that centrality, or even navel, navel-gazing somehow took on negative connation in the West, but some Indian mystics used to actually practice a form of meditation while gazing at their navel, pretty heavy i think & that umbilical cord never leaves us, much like the celebrated phantom limb phenomenon, our cord always remains, feeding us.

Tim said...

jolly nice. hadn't seen these before.

most of them contain parts which suggest real world things to me: faces, people, animals, foliage.

which makes me think of something Dick Whyte said: that "abstract" is an absolute, but "abstraction" is relative.

"abstract" drawings can nevertheless represent identifiable things, but perhaps suggest different things to different people viewing them.

Tim said...

jolly nice. no, I hadn't seen these before.

parts of them suggest real world things such as faces, people, animals, foliage to me.

which reminds me of something Dick Whyte said: "abstract" is an absolute but "abstraction" is relative.

these "abstract" drawings nevertheless represent identifiable things to this viewer. however, a different person might perceive different things in them.