drawings that radiate

i’ve done a lot of drawing this summer, with a pen, a couple of brushes and a bottle of india ink. here’s a gallery of some of the earlier work, largely done with the pen. recently, the need to make a lot of big, black marks has asserted itself for some reason, so the brushes have sort of taken over. and just this week, i decided to put corona-like radiating lines around everything. makes me think of cartoons and situationist, neon pink and yellow supermarket labels and the virgin of guadalupe.

ink drawing ink drawing corona-3 corona-4 corona-5 corona

i like bleak and unpleasant, i’m just not very good at it

to help with this post, i’m listening to sonic youth.

i’ve been trolling (or trawling, i suppose), through virtual acres of images in poorly structured (by me), filing systems on the laptop and the hard drive, trying to find relevant work with which to populate this website. there’s too much. there’re also piles of poorly organised (also by me), real drawings and paintings, some of which have corresponding photos, some of which have never been photographed and some of which have changed three times since they were last photographed. it’s unnerving. it makes me think about vomit. about wanting to vomit because it seems like getting organised is an insurmountable task. or, in a more symbolic way, the vomiting up of all this expression, everything that’s come out in all the brushstrokes and gestures and marks and glued together bits of paper. and that makes me think about bleakness and unpleasantness and gothic discomfort, for some reason. i like bleak and unpleasant, i’m just not very good at it. a lot of my work seems to be, on the surface…almost funny, or funny in an oddly detached sort of way, or sometimes placid and calm, or sometimes frantic and busy. but bleak? not so much. but i did find this. so, maybe there’s hope.

ink drawing of sick stick figures

there’s a face in my art.

i’ve been rearranging objects i pick up on the beach. mostly limpet shells, but also other stuff: bits of old pottery, glass, stones, and recently pieces of brick and terra cotta. here’s a project i did a couple weeks ago: brickworks. yesterday, i made two or three small repairs to ‘brickworks’ and had several pieces of brick (13, in fact) leftover. so i lined them up in a different spot on the beach and took a photo, then uploaded that photo to the machine and then looked at it for awhile and then found something…

there's a face in my art

remember i trained for many years to be able to do this.