Participatory Drawing – Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA, 2016
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This participatory drawing was created on the gallery floor at Abram Claghorn gallery. Compared to other pieces of this series it was a slightly smaller scale drawing that was created by 2 participants and myself. We worked on this piece for approximately 3.5 hours, and then carefully selected compositions of the piece to cut smaller drawings of various formats.
These drawings base on very simple guidelines – a circular pen gesture and a focus on texture and abstract patterns, rather than form and object. This ensures coherence for the overall drawing, while the individual hand adds to the diversity of patterns and contributes to liveliness and success of the drawing. Participants are encouraged to play with density and openness – concentrated dark areas versus loose brighter areas. It is suggested that they move across the canvas in their drawing effort, rather than restricting themselves to a certain area of the paper. The idea is to create a rounded piece rather than a sketchbook-like accumulation of individual drawings.
The drawings take place on very large sheets of paper (cut from wide rolls), which are taped to a wall or to the ground. We work with fine tip artist pens filled with black Indian ink.
The drawing process is meant to be relaxing and meditative. The drawings can be performed in silence, or with music.