sketchbook pages

I'm still at it, cleaning the studio, making edits in my personal workspace, getting myself down to minimal distractions. I came across a sketchbook from a show I had at the Linda Farris Gallery in 1993. I was reading lots of Rimbaud, and Artaud, a carry over from college. I was very excited about automatic drawing and the results of not editing myself, using almost pure instinct to guide me. I miss doing work this way, it is liberating. Results always varied, ususally to a negative end, but when things came together, and I knew when to stop, well, I can still see the results as a success, even 13 years later. I have a new sketchbook here thanks to Laura Matzer bringing me one back from a conference in Indianapolis recently. I liked having one before, and just sort of drifted from having worked with one for the last few years. I'll keep you posted on what might be cooking.


Steven LaRose said…
overhead project that one below and tape it up, and glaze it up, and richen it up with your new routine.. . .but who am I to say?
chrisjag said…
very nice drawings.
Too bad automatic painting isn't so easy. I struggle with the same thing - drawing is easy to be spontaneous, but painting seems to require a little stratgey (which kills it). What to do.
tonypetersart said…
When I was in Art School, I experimented with automatic drawing. Hit and miss, I can appreciate when you get some really nice drawings like these. Very cool.
automatism is just like all the other elements, grid drawing, push/pull, a tool that one can find both pleasurable, and annoying. Much like improvised music[the making of it], this technique can render good results, and or hours and hours of frustration, but there are always a few gems worth plowing for.