I hope you are well, me, well there is always something new to do at the OCA, today’s new thing is the parallel project, I m not really sure how to deal with this but I think if I Keep going with the head down it may turn into something good.
Parallel Project Collaboration
1.1 Drawing with Auburn
The start point for my Parallel Project is to chart the growth of drawing in human beings from an early age, I am going to collaborate with Auburn and chart his drawing ability. At eighteen month he has only just started to hold a pencil so I think that by charting his progress, I may discover some of the secrets of drawing.
For three months I have collected Auburns drawings and watched Auburn draw. This is the first drawing that he produced during that period.
Figure 1 (17 11 09 01) Drawing 001 by Auburn 25 March 2017 ink on A5 Cartridge
This, the first drawing I collected is particularly impressive, Auburn was new to drawing and seemed keen to impress his adult friend who had trusted him with the pen and a sketchbook. What did he know, not an awful lot. I didn’t interfere being careful not to disturb the tabula rasa that was Auburn except to invert the drawing. What can Auburn see in it? I will never know, he had not yet the vocabulary to explain.
What did I, his collaborator see in it, Joseph and Mary on their way to Nazareth with an embryonic infant Jesus X rayed in the Virgins womb, complete with a shadow of the cross. That is probably the problem with no longer being a child, the tendency to over think things. I also thought it reminded me.
It also reminded me of Head of Germaine Reynal by Juan Gris and it was from Gris that I collaborated with Auburns drawing to produce this.
Figure 2 (17 11 09 02) Star Wars character inspired by Auburn and Gris, ink on A5 Cartridge
As an aside, Juan Gris was the first student of cubism, although Gris was an early cubist, it fell to him to provide rules and explanations that assimilated Picasso and Braque’s intuitive cubism into the continuum of the Western Art Cannon.
Hope you like the drawings of Auburn, Gris and me and I will catch up with you at weekend.
All my love as always