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Tragedy, Time, and the Line

These Decisions Can Wait #1

These Decisions Can Wait #1

I was working on These Decisions Can Wait #1 when the Boston Marathon bombing occured. I abruptly ended the line and left to watch the news.

I hesitate to write this post, as I don’t want to imply that this drawing is about the bombing. I think of it as containing an obscure acknowledgement of the event. Without minimizing the tragedy of that day, I prefer to use its relationship with my drawing to talk about time as a concept in art.

When I went back to work on the drawing the next day there was a reminder of precisely (to the point) where I was and what I was thinking when the bombs went off. I decided not to resume the line where I left off. I left a blank section as a quiet high water mark of the event.

Time ends up being an accidental concept. The lines in the drawing can be visual representations of a linear movement of time. The disruption in the line highlights the discontinuity of time. The left of the drawing happened before, the right side after. The break in the line that separates these sections is the point where many peoples’ realities synched. The event transcends peoples’ proximity and is an experience that people share because we were together in experiencing that event, not physically but when it happened.

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TDCW #1 detail

 

 

Without meaning or representation, I intend for these drawings to exist outside of a specific time or context. Despite my intent, this one shows that it’s still impacted by outside events occuring during its creation. I realize that the fluid and organic process of creating them makes a drawn line not only vulnerable to my hand but also to a terrible event. It’s interesting reevaluating a piece and seeing its interaction with life rather than as a detached object. I remain alert to seeing what events (hopefully less dreaded than an act of terror) these drawings can discreetly contain in the future.

Yours in the event horizon,

MC

Where’s the ego when you need id?

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This is a post about process. I started the These Decisions Can Wait drawing series as a solution to the panic that sets in when you sit down to make something. When will the idea hit? How will I represent it? What if I screw it up? How will I screw it up?

My goal was to make spontaneous and abstract images. A drawing stripped down to formal elements is one that makes fewer demands. The simplified goal allowed space to concentrate on what was being created in the moment rather than a concept.

The process came about pretty organically. I drew a line and then the next one followed the previous, wavers and all, and so forth. These densely packed lines ended up creating an illusion of form.

For the most part, these drawings are unplanned, except for in some cases a predetermined shape over or within the lines. I think of them as having a quality between man-made and machine manufactured. The lines are mass-produced with the same repeated motion, although imperfectly by a human. Imperfection is what makes them dynamic what I find compelling about creating them. To some extent, drawing the lines is mindless and meditative, but I find that some focus allows me to subtly influence the line. The product aside, I value making these drawings to occupy the state of balanced control and disorder that they come from.

I hope that this explanation offers some more dimension in how one connects with my drawings.

Yours in (not too much) mindful methodology,

MC