Leaning on a Ghost

Studio du jour

Intercept, 2012colored lead on polypropylene and drafting film

Hazardous Distance, 2011
ink and colored lead on drafting film
27x36”

Backyard wrestling/ Death and the Maiden

Crystal Ark, 2011
ink and colored lead on drafting film, 30x30”

Crystal Ark follows up on Positive I.D.  Both began with the most perfect grid I could possibly draw.  Where I found perfect squares, I “pulled them up” as dimensional forms.  Where half a square was perfect, I pulled up one level to make a diamond shape.  Where both halves were perfect, I pulled up two levels to make a pyramid shape.  Imperfect squares stayed flat.  Result: a map of perfection?  A map of persistence?  Or maybe just a map of concentration?  Or all of the above.

Positive I.D., 2011
ink and colored lead on drafting film, 30x30”

My revelation at the bathroom mirror: after two decades of thinking I had a muscular, thick neck, I realized that I actually just have narrow shoulders.  Then I discovered that my drafting table is slightly crooked at both ends.  All centers moved. 

Positive I.D. began with the most perfect grid I could possibly draw with my T-square and triangle.  The diagonals tested the regularity of each square.  Where I found perfect squares, I “pulled them up” as dimensional forms.  Imperfect squares stayed flat.  The drawing becomes a map of perfection.  Or maybe a map of persistence: insisting on perfection, with errors no wider than an eyelash, was exhausting, and at all moments, lax complacency looked pretty good to me.  Still, I needed perfection because I needed credibility.  Now I look at this drawing and I can hear myself breathing.   

Vitruvian Stud Fantasy Kit - a six-piece print edition of 10 - a.k.a. - Reward to help Adam Baran raise funds for his short movie Jackpot on Kickstarter

Trap, 2011
ink and colored lead on layered drafting film
20x33”
Hardest drawing I’ve ever done
Based on Sol LeWitt’s One Two Three sculpture

  • anti-algorithmic
  • anti-observational
  • mercilessly rational