Friday, September 04, 2009

More 'Readymade Cubism'

graphite & putty eraser with watercolour/30x20cm

Continuing the diptych drawings processed from the subject/object matter of found, ‘Readymade Cubist’, roadkill cans, with, in this instance, the aluminium object displaying an extensive & rather attractive patina of rust in addition to the colours of its branded livery.

The sheer presence of the rust, its visual, aesthetic quality, demanded that it be represented in colour, an imperative reinforced when considering its art historical relationship to what might be termed the smoked, metallic colour scheme of earthy browns & greys that characterizes Cubist painting in its ‘hermetic’ stage. Interesting to note how, in the original drawing-as-object, the finish of the dried watercolour on the paper so closely replicates that of the physical surface of the rust itself.

Additionally, as might be observed from an example of illustrated facing pages from Harrison, Frascina & Perry's ‘Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction’, featuring Picasso’s ‘Ma Jolie’ (left) & Braque’s ‘Le Portugais’, such paintings’ compositions are constructed around a central triangular form, intersected by horizontals & verticals, thus providing a further aspect of inspiration, & informing the arrangement of the reformed, now essentially diamond-shaped object within the drawing.

In this instance, with such references already made, the mark-making of the drawing’s ground as an explicit aspect of its facture is also informed by the nature of the short, horizontal, regular brushstrokes present & visible in the paintings’ surfaces.


Mazzy Star 'So Tonight That I Might See'
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