April 15, 2016

biped at rest

biped-at-rest.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:54 AM

March 05, 2016

eugenio

eugenio.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Shark Roth at 10:04 PM

February 14, 2016

graphite selfie

graphite_selfie.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Shark Roth at 11:27 PM

September 13, 2015

"rascally angel"

rascally_angel.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Mark Roth at 08:09 PM

June 18, 2015

"battlefield demotee"

battlefield_demotee.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:05 AM

December 02, 2013

"redemptive cosmetics"

redemptive_cosmetics.jpg
graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:35 AM

July 30, 2012

"complete greeter"

complete_greeter.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:04 AM

June 15, 2012

"roaming in the gloaming"

roaming-in-the-gloaming.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 11:48 AM

April 14, 2012

"international corredespondent"

corredespondent.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 06:29 PM

March 04, 2012

"friend's best friend"

friends_best_friend.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 01:30 AM

January 15, 2012

"celestial spyhopper"

celestial_spyhopper.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"


Posted by mark at 02:07 PM

December 18, 2011

Study: "state_Migratory_Painter_#52"

state_52.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 12:35 AM

September 11, 2011

"cry of the sideswiped"

cry_of_the_sideswiped.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 05:05 PM

August 16, 2011

"inordinate subordinate"

inordinate_subordinate.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:27 AM

July 31, 2011

"beefeater"

beefeater.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 09:19 PM

April 11, 2011

"solar family"

solar_family.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 12:52 AM

March 27, 2011

"dinosaur on the wing"

dinosaur-on-the-wing.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 11:41 PM

March 12, 2011

"asterisky behavior"

asterisky_behavior.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:13 PM

November 14, 2010

"monk at large"

monk_at_large.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:14 PM

November 06, 2010

"foreign correspondent"

foreign_correspondent.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 12:51 PM

October 16, 2010

"carecrow"

carecrow.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 01:33 AM

October 03, 2010

"fern wood topiarist"

fern_wood_topiarist.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:26 PM

September 19, 2010

"tunnel visionary"

tunnel_visionary.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:16 PM

September 04, 2010

Preliminary Drawing: "unsteady_SDaPoSDHC_#1"

unsteady_SDaPoSDHC_1.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 05:57 PM

August 21, 2010

"plume and doom"

plume_and_doom.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:29 AM

July 30, 2010

"distinguished feature film"

distinguished_feature.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:28 PM

March 27, 2010

"brainstorm chaser"

brainstorm_chaser.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:39 PM

March 12, 2010

Preliminary Drawing: "grand_Migratory_Painter_#50"

grand_50.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 11:32 PM

February 20, 2010

Preliminary Drawing: "entirely_Migratory_Painter_#44"

entirely_44.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:29 PM

February 15, 2010

Preliminary Drawing: "somewhat_Migratory_Painter_#43"

somewhat_43.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:55 AM

February 10, 2010

Preliminary Drawing: "dust_Migratory_Painter_#41"

dust_41.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 02:22 AM

January 19, 2010

"giddyup and up"

giddyup_and_up.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 12:07 PM

January 15, 2010

"karmic actuary"

karmic_actuary.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 11:25 PM

December 30, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "whether_Migratory_Painter_#35"

whether_35.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:08 PM

December 25, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "serving_Migratory_Painter_#33"

serving_33.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 06:34 PM

December 13, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "wandering_Migratory_Painter_#29"

wandering_29.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 11:46 PM

November 04, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "given_Migratory_Painter_#27"

given_27.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 03:37 PM | Comments (1)

October 29, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "names_Migratory_Painter_#26"

names_26.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 05:42 PM

October 17, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "kine_Migratory_Painter_#24"

kine_24.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 04:32 PM

September 19, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "cattle_Migratory_Painter_#21"

cattle_21.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 07:19 PM

August 18, 2009

Selected Studies for Joan Of Arc Riding My Little Pony

digital compositions and graphite on paper, 11” x 8”; arranged chronologically – most recent at top.
Posted by mark at 01:35 AM

August 05, 2009

Preliminary Drawing: "lowed_Migratory_Painter_#17"

lowed_17.jpg

graphite on paper, 11" x 8"
Posted by mark at 08:43 PM

December 25, 2007

Preparatory Study: "key_JoArMLP"

key_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 02:18 PM

December 11, 2007

Preparatory Study: "figure_JoArMLP"

figure_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 09:44 PM

December 05, 2007

Preparatory Study: "high_JoArMLP"

high_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 01:50 PM

November 28, 2007

Preparatory Study: "flagged_JoArMLP"

flagged_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 03:03 PM

November 21, 2007

Preparatory Study: "rays_JoArMLP"

rays_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 03:05 PM

November 14, 2007

Preparatory Study: "barbicans_JoArMLP"

barbicans_JoArMLP.jpg

Posted by mark at 12:47 PM

October 24, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "revealing_JoArMLP_94"

revealing_JoArMLP_94.jpg

digital combination from graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:56 PM

October 18, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "moved_JoArMLP_89"

moved_JoArMLP_89.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:53 AM

October 16, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "hearth_JoArMLP_88"

hearth_JoArMLP_88.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:29 AM

October 14, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "form_JoArMLP_80"

form_JoArMLP_80.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:53 AM

October 09, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "gowned_JoArMLP_74"

gowned_JoArMLP_74.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:35 AM

October 07, 2007

"pony surfer"

pony_surfer.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:29 PM

October 05, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "glow_JoArMLP_58"

glow_JoArMLP_58.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:08 PM

October 03, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "domed_JoArMLP_54"

domed_JoArMLP_54.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:53 PM

September 28, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "server_JoArMLP_43"

server_JoArMLP_43.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:59 AM

September 26, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "clongowes_JoArMLP_42"

clongowes_JoArMLP_42.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:52 PM

September 24, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "incense_JoArMLP_41"

incense_JoArMLP_41.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:02 PM

September 22, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "boat_JoArMLP_40"

boat_JoArMLP_40.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:32 PM

September 20, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "carried_JoArMLP_39"

carried_JoArMLP_39.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 03:45 PM

September 18, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "so_JoArMLP_36"

so_JoArMLP_36.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:52 PM

September 16, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "coolness_JoArMLP_34"

coolness_JoArMLP_34.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:17 PM

September 14, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "feeling_JoArMLP_27"

feeling_JoArMLP_27.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 08:53 PM

September 12, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "friendship_JoArMLP_26"

friendship_JoArMLP_26.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:35 AM

September 10, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "leave_JoArMLP_24"

leave_JoArMLP_24.jpg

graphite on paper

From the outta-left-field file: Pivo with your Tivo?

Posted by mark at 09:39 PM

September 05, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "forgotten_JoArMLP_23"

forgotten_JoArMLP_23.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 08:40 PM

September 03, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "shone_JoArMLP_22"

shone_JoArMLP_22.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:26 PM

August 30, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "nickel_JoArMLP_16"

nickel_JoArMLP_16.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 06:47 PM

August 28, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "merrying_JoArMLP_13"

merrying_JoArMLP_13.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:37 PM

August 26, 2007

Preliminary Sketch: "coronation_JoArMLP_#12"

coronation_JoArMLP_12.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 08:39 PM

July 11, 2007

"sparkling bubbler"

sparkling_bubbler.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:47 AM

April 26, 2007

"migratory painter"

migratory_painter.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:24 PM

April 15, 2007

"the thief"

the_thief.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:13 PM

November 18, 2006

"out and about proxemicist"

out_and_about_proxemicist.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:54 AM

November 16, 2006

"make nice love"

make_nice_love.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:52 PM

November 14, 2006

"volant autumn speculant"

volant_autumn_speculant.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:03 PM

November 08, 2006

"mirth_whirl"

mirth_whirl.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:22 PM

November 05, 2006

"sporting naiveté"

sporting_naivete.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:35 PM

November 03, 2006

"gee willikers to power"

gee_willikers_to_power.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:38 PM

October 29, 2006

"nonlocalized congregant"

nonlocalized_congregant.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:50 PM

October 27, 2006

"mercurial cartographer"

mercurial_cartographer.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:33 PM

October 24, 2006

"phantasmal_migrant"

phantasmal_migrant.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:21 PM

October 22, 2006

"memories_intermittent_dormitory"

memories_dormitory.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 03:59 PM

October 20, 2006

"post_border_cross"

post_border_cross.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 07:33 PM

October 18, 2006

"mystery_trudge"

mystery_trudge.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:36 PM

October 09, 2006

"perfumed_periscopic_porbeagle"

perfumed_porbeagle.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:20 AM

October 04, 2006

"satellite saguaro"

satellite_saguaro.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:35 PM

September 19, 2006

"cored_solitary_wonder"

cored_solitary_wonder.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:26 PM

September 07, 2006

"embracing the elements"

embracing_the_elements.jpg

graphite on paper

Today's NY Times has an article on biophilic design. Perhaps the logic of arousing biophilia culminates in the ultimate deconstructivist architecture - shelter and well-being through the elimination of barriers. Sheltering Nature purifies the air, relaxes the psyche and lets the spirit soar to the sky (or a simulacrum thereof).

Posted by mark at 10:42 AM

September 04, 2006

"floated_metroglyph"

floated_metroglyph.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:49 PM

August 31, 2006

"moro reflex rising"

moro_reflex_rising.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 10:57 PM

August 26, 2006

"shadowing_scrounger"

shadowing_scrounger.jpg

graphite on paper

On the heels of Neil Young’s “Living With War” - and in an increasingly crowded field - Kris Kristofferson contributes what may well be the most powerful song yet to address "the predicament.” I say “yet” because soon we’ll have Bob Dylan’s new work, “Modern Times” to consider.

Posted by mark at 11:13 PM

August 22, 2006

"avicultural habitué"

avicultural_habitue.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:29 AM

August 16, 2006

"headland_juggle_knot"

two.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:34 AM

August 09, 2006

"wallflower panelingerer"

wallflower_panelingerer.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:10 PM

August 06, 2006

"flooded-out dustbowl refugee"

flooded-out_dustbowl.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:07 AM

August 03, 2006

"modicum eroticum"

modicum_eroticum.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:48 AM

July 31, 2006

"urban nomadclature"

urban_nomadclature.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:57 AM

July 26, 2006

"door-to-door elicitor"

door-to-door_elicitor.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 07:38 PM

July 23, 2006

"small cap industrialist"

small_cap_industrialist.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 07:27 PM

July 19, 2006

"pantomime_traction"

pantomime_traction.jpg

graphite on paper

For an occasion to revel in the virtues of binocular vision (and put to use your trusty red/cyan glasses!) venture through this extensive sampling of painting masterpieces given the 3D treatment.

Should you not be graced with a pair of anaglyph glasses, all is not lost. You can try the crossed image viewing method to see these Renaissance and Post Renaissance paintings.

Finally, here’s a do-it-yourself explanation on how to construct a 2D to 3D conversion.

Posted by mark at 03:07 AM

July 13, 2006

"woodshadows_gist_miner"

woodshadows_gist_miner.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:36 PM

July 11, 2006

"heart's content provider"

hearts_content_provider.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 09:13 PM

July 08, 2006

"the wiliest nihilist"

wiliest_nihilist.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 09:27 PM

July 03, 2006

"gaud_full_irregalia"

gaud_full_irregalia.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:38 AM

June 28, 2006

"variety gardener"

variety_gardener.jpg

graphite on paper

A reader forwards a quote encountered in Keith Ferrazzi’s book, “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets To Success, One Relationship At A Time.” The words are those of author and English historian George Burton Adams:

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”

Why would a tinsquo enthusiast be sending this to me? Well, beyond its own intrinsic worth, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect description of the philosophic underpinnings to The Thank You Project. Thanks for making the connections out there.

Posted by mark at 06:03 PM

June 25, 2006

"itinerant semblance"

itinerant_semblance.jpg

graphite on paper

Some things the eye registers in a fraction of a fraction of a second, while others have remained unseen for the entirety of the human experience, until now.

Posted by mark at 01:09 AM

June 16, 2006

"coming_giddy_suscitator"

coming_giddy_suscitator.jpg

graphite on paper

Yes, yes, yes! Happy Bloomsday. Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the day recounted in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

In celebration of spirited reverie, enjoy this episode of the syndicated radio show “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” It elucidates the pragmatic power of optimism. The program features Rob Brezny prescribing “pronoia” and presents Danny Wallace, a man who has elevated Molly Bloom's soliloquy to a strategy for successful, event-full living: he just says “Yes.”

Posted by mark at 01:14 AM

June 07, 2006

"tender mutineer"

tender_mutineer.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 03:19 PM

May 27, 2006

"fusiform gyroscoptic"

fusiform_gyroscoptic.jpg

graphite on paper

Sydney Pollack’s film, "Sketches of Frank Gehry” (see last November’s post) has received its summer theatrical release.

In other film news, Kate Blanchett spends her cinematic summer in Romania, disappearing into a fascinating and extreme instance of casting against type.

Also, is the future one of unobstructed views? Perhaps the most compelling release in pre-production concerns something you necessarily won’t be seeing any time soon.

Posted by mark at 05:22 PM

May 24, 2006

"solar grazing"

solar_grazing.jpg

graphite on paper

In recognition of Bob Dylan’s 65th birthday how 'bout a quote from the master:

“You don’t have to starve to be a good artist. You just have to have love, insight and a strong point of view. And you have to fight off depravity.” Malibu, 1978 pg 360

As if the Never Ending Tour weren’t enough, you can now catch Bob playing DJ, drawing on music from his personal collection for a program on XM Satellite Radio. You can even savor each show’s playlist.

Posted by mark at 05:11 PM

May 22, 2006

"seaward_glossolalia"

seaward_glossolalia.jpg

graphite on paper

Overheard this sunny morning in Tompkins Square Park in response to the offer of a pamphlet proposing a “simple plan of salvation:”

“No thanks, I’m good.”

Posted by mark at 02:38 PM

May 19, 2006

"hurrying_charismathematician"

hurrying_charismathematic.jpg

graphite on paper

Watching Junebug, I was struck by the paintings ascribed to the outsider artist character. Their authenticity far exceeds the norm for “movie art.” Part Howard Finster, part Henry Darger, yet still original, these paintings were created for the film by Brooklyn artist, Ann Wood. Be sure to check out her portaits on the site, too.

Posted by mark at 04:22 PM

May 15, 2006

"grace under pleasure"

grace_under_pleasure.jpg

graphite on paper

Tool’s fidelity to the waning format of the compact disc has pushed them to the top of the Billboard chart, according to the NY Times. Opting out of the iTunes singles format for downloading, the band intends fans to perceive their cds as protracted works - each song contributing to an arc of expression and internal logic that culminates with the last track. Quite different than the atomized experience of a stand-alone mp3.

Neil Young’s new work does the same for the long-play form but with a twist. Far from restricting access, Young’s made his entire cd, Living With War, available for online listening... free. (Scroll. Look for "Listen to Living With War FREE). The only “price” you have to pay is one of attention. You’re obliged to listen to the recording in its composed order.

Tool and Young are advocates for the bygone pleasures of committed listening, implying that said may be a salve to the synaptic sound bites of our daily dose of media. It’s retro-visionary and, after listening all the way through, rewarding.

Posted by mark at 03:22 AM

May 10, 2006

"giss instance"

giss_instance.jpg

graphite on paper

Wall text at the Guggenheim’s ongoing David Smith retrospective (closing May 14) features this tantalizing quote from the sculptor:

“Drawing is the most direct, closest to the true self, the most natural liberation of man - and if I may guess back to the action of very early man, it may have been the first celebration of man with his secret self - even before song” 1955
Posted by mark at 01:13 AM | Comments (1)

May 05, 2006

"plucking_blackmarket_backstory"

plucking_backstory.jpg

graphite on paper

In all the hullabaloo around the new Clinton Presidential Portrait, I found I derived a jolt just from seeing some painting.

Posted by mark at 01:56 AM

May 02, 2006

"joyful footfalls forward"

joyful_footfalls_forward.jpg

graphite on paper

Going out of the way to walk down freshly asphalted streets, the slight give underfoot feels earthlike.

Posted by mark at 12:21 PM

April 27, 2006

"parallel corporeal body"

parallel_corporeal_body.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:44 AM

April 20, 2006

"gotta run, gonna fly"

gotta_run_gonna_fly.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:58 PM

April 18, 2006

"unseen sight"

unseen_sight.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:50 PM

April 16, 2006

"fovea holiday"

fovea_holiday.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:37 PM

April 14, 2006

"souvenir glance"

souvenir_glance.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:04 AM

April 09, 2006

"descending_ecstatic_clinger"

descending_ecstatic_clinger.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:10 AM

April 05, 2006

"deeper_genetic_interloper"

deeper_genetic_interloper.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:17 PM

April 04, 2006

"amber_ionic_aviator"

amber_ionic_aviator.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:57 PM

March 28, 2006

"inverse yarmulke"

inverted_yarmulke.jpg

graphite on paper

Sometimes it seems as if deeper truths are everywhere poised for revelation, hiding in plain sight. Language is a frequent repository of accrued wisdom that transcends dictionary meaning.

The word “shame” is such an example.

Right there, for all to see, the word says, “sh” - as in hush, shush, be quiet, followed by “ame” which, with the addition of a circumflex over the “a,” is the French word for soul or spirit.

Shame is the shushing of the soul. It is the malady, not the antidote.

Today’s drawing is reflective of such thinking.

Posted by mark at 01:03 AM

March 25, 2006

"powdered_peptide_chanteur"

powdered_peptide_chanteur.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:56 AM

March 22, 2006

"outlier on the range"

outlier_on_the_range.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:36 AM

March 21, 2006

"joan of arc riding my little pony"

joan_riding_pony.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:03 AM

March 16, 2006

"bedside_zenster"

bedside_zenster.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:12 AM

March 09, 2006

"alone_frontiersman"

alone_frontiersman.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:17 AM

March 05, 2006

"rattle to radiance"

rattle_to_radiance.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:09 AM

February 27, 2006

"wavewhite_bravura_transilient"

wavewhite_transilient.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:16 PM

February 25, 2006

"inshore_stevedore"

inshore_stevedore.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 11:07 PM

February 22, 2006

"most likely to tummler"

most_likely_to_tummler.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:00 PM

February 20, 2006

"daily dissertation"

daily_dissertation.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:31 AM

February 18, 2006

"veiling_haplopia"

veiling_haplopia.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:21 PM

February 13, 2006

"from hayloft to zoloft"

from_hayloft_to_zoloft.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:18 PM

February 11, 2006

"gutterly minimus"

gutterly_minimus.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:09 PM

February 09, 2006

"unmediated madonna"

unmediated_madonna.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 07:24 PM

February 08, 2006

"wedded_serial_widow"

wedded_serial_widow.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 03:59 PM

February 07, 2006

"vanished_hibiscus_meniscus"

vanished_hibiscus_meniscus.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:45 PM

February 03, 2006

"peace_accordant_swoon"

peace_accordant_swoon.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:29 AM

January 30, 2006

"keepin' keepin' on peddin'"

keepin_keepin_on_peddin.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 12:53 PM

January 29, 2006

"keepin' on peddin'"

keepin_on_peddin.jpg

graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:09 PM

January 28, 2006

"keep on peddin'"

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Posted by mark at 04:59 PM

January 25, 2006

"inconsequent_speculative_saltimbanque"

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Posted by mark at 04:22 PM

January 22, 2006

"spurned_seamlesstress_surveyor"

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Posted by mark at 06:07 PM

January 18, 2006

"level_astral_projectionist"

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Posted by mark at 01:13 PM

January 16, 2006

"mystic on a bender"

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Posted by mark at 02:08 PM

January 14, 2006

"shimmering_entity_in_gladhandlerish_garb"

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Posted by mark at 05:33 PM

January 11, 2006

"gleaner to the stars"

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Posted by mark at 02:21 PM

January 09, 2006

"harpstrings_associated_memory"

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Posted by mark at 08:19 PM

January 06, 2006

"way_elsewise_man"

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Posted by mark at 11:36 AM

January 02, 2006

"leaning_against_my_will"

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Posted by mark at 12:44 PM

December 28, 2005

"moody_elvish_conscriptee"

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Posted by mark at 05:44 PM

December 23, 2005

"silent_extracelestial_celebrant"

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Posted by mark at 04:07 PM

December 22, 2005

"merging_pedestrian_in_gridlock"

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Posted by mark at 05:37 PM

December 20, 2005

"bitter_konigsberg_bridge_problem_solver"

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Posted by mark at 03:55 PM

December 13, 2005

"awe_nouvelle_anicca"

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Posted by mark at 05:31 PM

December 10, 2005

"tasselled_sonsy_poddy"

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Posted by mark at 01:29 AM

December 08, 2005

"optic fiber lassoist"

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Posted by mark at 02:20 PM

December 03, 2005

"twining_haydoodler"

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Posted by mark at 02:17 PM

December 02, 2005

"brazen_heave_ho_gypsum_waifer"

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Posted by mark at 05:09 PM

November 28, 2005

"mean_hagiographic_ghostwriter"

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Posted by mark at 03:03 PM

November 21, 2005

"lightshod_unaffiliated_scapulimancer"

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Posted by mark at 12:20 PM

November 15, 2005

"drawingroom_emotional_anamorphosis"

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Posted by mark at 03:16 PM

November 14, 2005

"very_savorful_dutch_belt"

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Posted by mark at 10:49 PM

November 10, 2005

"beastly_conniption_witness"

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Posted by mark at 03:45 PM

November 04, 2005

"love's_wandering_moai"

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Posted by mark at 01:51 AM

October 16, 2005

"unfinished novelist"

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Posted by mark at 04:56 PM

October 12, 2005

"buttercups_belomancer"

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Posted by mark at 08:55 PM

October 07, 2005

"sir_gazing_glazier"

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Posted by mark at 12:42 AM

October 04, 2005

"last_disabused_formica_harvester"

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Posted by mark at 10:51 PM

September 24, 2005

"cerebral_foxhole_comedian"

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Not only does the Dalai Lama’s newly released book, “The Universe In A Single Atom," initiate the fulfillment of its subtitle, "The Convergence Of Science And Spirituality,” it also offers a timely antidote to the scourge of fundamentalism.

So, what does a non-fundamentalist spiritual leader look like? This statement renders a potential portrait:

“My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism; understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”

The congruence between advanced quantum physics and Buddhist cosmology has been popularly noted, at least since the publishing of “The Tao of Physics” and “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” in the 1970s. What the Dalai Lama is saying in this newest book is that the time has come for these two traditions - one born of observational inquiry, the other of, oh, yeah... observational inquiry - to embark on a collaborative endeavor to help humanity meet the challenges we face now.

And how does His Holiness recommend that science avoid the lure of its own brand of fundamentalism?

“Perhaps the most important point is to ensure that science never becomes divorced from the basic human feeling of empathy with our fellow beings.”

His Holiness The Dalai Lama is currently on a speaking tour in The States. A Sunday speech at Rutgers will be titled “Peace, War And Reconciliation.” But you can catch a stream of his thoughts on “Individual Responsibility in the Global Community” at The University of Texas radio station, KUT.

Posted by mark at 12:55 AM

September 21, 2005

"flush_truckee_strandee"

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When given a choice, opting for a window seat is irresistable. There's nothing like an unobstructed view from 35,000 feet. Last night, secrets of the swirling, pocked surface of those sparsely inhabited stretches of Washington, Oregon and Montana were revealed on a fascinating episode of Nova. The interactive map at their site is equally compelling.

Posted by mark at 09:22 AM

September 07, 2005

"shook_fathoming"

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Today, I became a small gaggle. Fascinated by a team of painters adding final touches to the huge recreation of Alex Katz’s “Give Me Tomorrow” on B Bar’s garden wall, I’d stopped in my tracks.

Soon, five people joined me. It was pedestrian rubbernecking in the name of art. Eventually, an inquisitive fellow admirer asked one of the four painters “what was the hardest part?”

The answer came, “Climbing from the ladder to the lift,” and I thought: Apt, a painting is a field of unified attention. If the image is resolved then there isn’t going to be a hard part.

Plus, he got a laugh.

You can see it at E. 4th and Bowery. Billboards featuring the work of Gary Hume and Lisa Sanditz are also part of this project.

Posted by mark at 10:49 PM

September 05, 2005

"hired_bombardier_balladeer"

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Posted by mark at 05:07 PM

August 19, 2005

"whipstall wherewithall"

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Posted by mark at 01:07 PM

August 16, 2005

"doctor_of_devout_transience"

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In today's New York Times, theater critic, Margo Jefferson, asks:

Who knew that the Internet would turn out to be a new frontier for theater; a stage that lets us choose our exits and entrances while playing any part we please?

Consider my hand raised.

Posted by mark at 01:25 PM | Comments (1)

August 12, 2005

"persistent neural mirage"

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:55 AM

August 09, 2005

"functioning_itinerant_panter"

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Posted by mark at 01:10 AM

August 06, 2005

Process Post: Pack Mentality

For a recent two week stint, I was bestowed the honorific of "Top Dog," leading a pack of three rapturously doggy dogs. The above drawings were created while in the midst of these alternately swirling, dozing and nudging pups.

Speaking of dog days, I ran into a couple from Denver who had escaped the recent mile high heat wave of 105° fahrenheit. They said they found sweltering New York a relief! In the ongoing "debate" as to whether global warming is real, it got me thinking that we've entered a stage where the only remaining operative question is: Are we going to believe our own eyes?

The drawings are arranged in the order of their creation from first to last. Two previous posts are from the same body of work: "pop_galactic_lassie" would be fifth in the series and "pup pant" would be fourth from the last.

Posted by mark at 08:15 PM

July 26, 2005

"pup pant"

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Posted by mark at 05:07 PM

July 17, 2005

"pop_galactic_lassie"

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Posted by mark at 11:11 PM

July 09, 2005

"uncombed_open_road_ruminant"

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Posted by mark at 11:13 PM

July 05, 2005

"simply_heavenly_embonpoint"

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Posted by mark at 11:08 PM

July 03, 2005

"fanning_drama_panorama"

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Friend and travel humorist with a heart of gold, Kristian Ruggieri, has a new blog to chronicle her latest good will adventure. An accurately self-described traveler of less traveled roads, she has taken volunteer vacations for years, building houses with Habitat for Humanity. This time, she’s teaming up with The HOPE Project to build a school for the blind in Vietnam.

In the past, those of us fortunate enough to be on her email list have been welcome recipients of her moving and often uproarious missives. Now you, too, can get a glimpse of her no-fuss, good-spirited, matter-of-fact world citizen diplomacy.

Her latest adventure began only hours ago.

Posted by mark at 04:54 PM

June 30, 2005

"blunt_billy,_suet_pudding_master"

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Posted by mark at 12:42 AM

June 16, 2005

"chased_wily_loper"

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A day in the life of Stephen Daedalus and Molly and Leopold Bloom moves into its second century. The eternal present, indeed ... and in word! Happy Bloomsday.

Posted by mark at 07:16 AM | Comments (2)

June 12, 2005

"narrowly_insatiable_functionary"

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Posted by mark at 02:58 AM

June 09, 2005

"play_couture_reactor"

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Posted by mark at 10:29 AM

May 21, 2005

"deaf_radiant_agent"

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 05:22 PM

May 13, 2005

"quite_scrappy_velveteen_b.m.o.c."

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:53 PM

April 22, 2005

"omphalos_recalescence"

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 01:32 AM

April 20, 2005

"another_grouper_pinetum"

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:15 PM

April 19, 2005

"frank_romantic_stowager"

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graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 02:57 AM

April 18, 2005

"open_testudo"

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Posted by mark at 12:31 AM

April 16, 2005

"dancing_to_nero's_box_set"

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Posted by mark at 09:30 PM

April 10, 2005

"clasping_situational_deliverance"

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Posted by mark at 11:12 PM

April 03, 2005

"giddy_neural_purl"

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Posted by mark at 01:59 PM

March 30, 2005

"gardener_warrior"

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Posted by mark at 05:24 PM

March 26, 2005

"startling_infrastructural_infringement"

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Posted by mark at 12:46 AM

February 28, 2005

Process Post: Woodstock Drawings

Last week, I was upstate doing some construction work. These are some of the drawings I made after the day’s labor.

Incidentally, the work site was in Sullivan County, New York, the home of Yasgur’s farm and the legendary Woodstock concert. For years, the location has been preserved as a sort of shrine to those three August days of 1969. It features a monument listing the performers, a big neon guitar sculpture and plays host to weekend farmer’s markets and arts and crafts festivals.

Last Summer, after much negotiation, the hallowed ground was broken for a performing arts center that, among other things, will serve as the summer home for the New York Philharmonic. From one longhair music to another.

Posted by mark at 10:47 PM

February 27, 2005

"marmalade_lake_country_damsel"

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Posted by mark at 09:52 PM

February 19, 2005

"calf's_roundup"

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Posted by mark at 02:44 AM

February 11, 2005

"debagged_mentalist_barnstormer"

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Posted by mark at 03:50 AM

February 09, 2005

"voices_verily_vouchsafed"

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Posted by mark at 02:49 AM

February 07, 2005

"hops_snug_silhouette"

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Posted by mark at 12:09 AM

January 31, 2005

"grasshalms_anodyne_antidote"

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"I thank God for the opportunity to, uh, thank God."

I came across this Sammy Sosa quote while reading the post-mortems on his 13 year baseball tenure for the Cubs. Plainly, the intent is to cast him in a foolish light.

Yet, out of the mouths of babes, or in this instance, the mouth of Babe’s successor...

Sammy’s circular logic is, according to at least one Western theologian, a grand slam. Meister Eckhart, the great 14th century mystic said: “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘Thank You’, that would suffice.”

A mystical malaprop?

Posted by mark at 01:11 AM

January 05, 2005

"bitterness_practical_limit"

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Posted by mark at 02:05 AM

December 26, 2004

"drawing_gerrymander_imbrication"

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Posted by mark at 11:02 PM

December 23, 2004

"peering_pretty_fountaineer"

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Posted by mark at 03:57 AM

December 08, 2004

"keeps_pokerface_apocalypse"

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Posted by mark at 08:55 AM

November 25, 2004

"plain-looking_widdershins"

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Posted by mark at 06:18 PM

November 22, 2004

"always_easy_on_the_eyes_microclimatologist"

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Last Thursday, I was humming along confident in my world view that the declining birthrates among industrialized nations is at least one positive trend towards environmental sustainability when, suddenly, the New York Times published an article plainly intent on disabusing me of such a naive notion. The headline quickly set the tone: “Empty Maternity Wards Imperil a Dwindling Germany.”

Viewed through the lens of hospitals scrambling for maternity business, the story charts the declining birthrate in Germany and the “problems” this demographic shift presents. The second sentence gives you the gist:

“Empty baby beds are lined up against a wall like rental cars in an airport parking lot.”

In short, the German infrastructure is predicated on constant population growth with no other viable solutions to care for its elderly, according to the reporting of the New York Times.

Then, the article truly shows its hand:

“Mr. Schirrmacher and other commentators conjure up a sort of reverse Malthusian nightmare: Germany as a land of predominantly geriatric towns and cities set in a deserted, creeping countryside.”

Really? Evidently, one author’s “creeping countryside” is another’s “nature on the mend.” Addressing overpopulation on a global scale strikes me as one industrialized, trickle down mandate that has the potential to bode well for all species involved.

Humans, no matter how much the thought might make us bristle, remain part of nature. The declining birthrates seen not just in Germany but throughout the developed world represent an organically arising corrective to a system in stress.

In evolutionary terms, it marks an adaptive response to an unsustainable variety of consumption. That this demographic transformation contains at least an element of volitional choice (as well as sacrifice) is a stirring example of conscious evolution.

The Germans quoted in the the Times, however, not only failed to herald the environmentally aware choices of their national community, they burned the brand of guilt across the conscientious:

“ ‘They want their houses, they want their cars, they want their peace,’ she said, apologizing to her German roommate...

“ ‘It is partly selfishness,’ Mr. Schönhoff agreed. ’They want a Mercedes, and it costs so much that they can't afford a child.’ ”

This accusation on page four while, three pages later, this appears.

Indisputably, Germany and all the many countries facing a future of aging populations with shrinking pools of younger workers have two monumental problems: national identity and maintaining economic responsibility for social systems. However, the need to reduce our collective ecological footprint, may begin altering - by necessity - long-accepted national structures.

With the population of the world at large continuing to grow and the upheavals headed our way courtesy of overpopulation’s global warming (to say nothing of the end of oil), these declining birthrates in certain enclaves of excessive consumption represent a budding solution to what ails us rather than the fearful cause of angst propagated by the New York Times.

Generating political imagination to redefine what it is to be “German,” “Italian,” “Spanish,” etc. while further opening borders to younger immigrants is one method by which world population can come into greater balance. Additional and more comprehensive solutions to what lies ahead can be found in the Earth Policy Institute’s book, Plan B and, interactively, at Conservation Economy.

In sum, make love not war and practice birth control.

Posted by janna at 04:43 AM

November 17, 2004

"lookingglass_griot"

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In the quest to heal and, hence, truly win hearts and minds, two flourishing websites, Sorry Everybody and Apologies Accepted represent the emergence of a new and simple tool to bring forth change and understanding.

Born of despair over the U.S. election, the former consists of thousands of people extending personal expressions of apology to the world for the electoral outcome and its implications. The latter is the world’s response.

When official channels abandon diplomacy, the system adjusts and the people assume this role. This is humanpolitik vs. realpolitik. The expressions of kindness and sympathy are humbling, a reminder that people - in the main - are good and strive for the good.

These sites forge new ground: sunlight as an antidote to paranoia.

Consider the profundity this format represents: imagine sincere, creative apologies addressed between warring groups or across ethnic divides. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission comes to mind.

Who or what else deserves an apology?

What about a site that isn’t necessarily even addressed to other people but, say, to our planet’s water or soil, realtime apologies addressed to animals we’re driving to extinction or cultures now being eradicated or imperiled?

Can "Sorry Everybody" expand to engage dialogue this direct?

These sites’ use of digital photographs is a stroke of genius. Putting a face to the words removes sentiment from abstraction and is a face-by-face reminder of just what is at stake when we act in the world.

Lastly, a hallmark of humanity is sparked in joining the visual with the linguistic, unleashing the artistic impulse. (It can only be a good thing to practice a little art because when our SUVs are empty tanks on the freeway and there’s no more oil to be extracted, we’ll be left to mine the ultimate renewable resource: the artistry of human creativity.)

Who knows, enough sincere apologies joined with the appropriate adjustments of behavior may render today’s sorryeverybody.com, tomorrow’s thankseverybody.com.

Posted by mark at 06:57 PM

November 12, 2004

"does_particulate_matter"

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Posted by mark at 12:10 AM

October 28, 2004

"pinched_prodigal_mosh

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Posted by mark at 02:22 AM

October 27, 2004

Process Post: Surfacing Drawings


My college psych prof. said, "Free play is the only reliable course to mastery." It's the only quote I ever underlined in the entire notebook.

At the apex of his popularity, New York was awash in de Kooning imitators. But this anecdote from Robert Rauchenberg sums up de Kooning's take on what's required:

"One night, I asked Bill how he felt about most of the New York painters painting like him...He said, he didn't worry because they couldn't do the ones that don't work." p.58

De Kooning knew that the success of a painting project depended on his willingness to sacrifice his own hard-won formulae, to court failure at every turn.

In that spirit, today's post offers up a complete, uncensored sequence of drawings (progressing chronologically from the upper left) whose virtue is: they "don't work." These drawings are "free play" compositions.

This process yielded "flash_oasis_tidings" - the drawing I posted a few days ago that, for whatever mysterious reason, works.

Posted by mark at 02:09 AM

October 18, 2004

"now_ginger_rally

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 03:28 AM

October 12, 2004

"he's_super_duper_numerary"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 06:04 PM

October 05, 2004

"flash_oasis_tidings"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 03:57 PM

October 04, 2004

"rotting_embellishment"

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graphite on paper

On Thursday, I attended a standing room only gathering with bloggers of the photo ilk. Staged at the Soho Apple store, Gothamist.com hosted and organized "Photobloggers 2," a presentation of some of the best photographers NYC and the web offer.

Joseph O. Holmes, of joe's nyc, is currently involved in taking photos of unsuspecting people on the street. In conclusion to his presentation, he gave voice to the infrequently spoken but silently understood truism that the key to taking worthy photos of unaware strangers is to respect and love their humanity.

This passion was in evidence in all the other photobloggers across the broad spectrum of their interests.

Laura Holder of lauraholder.com has recently endeavored to remove the "stranger" from the taking of "stranger photos." Asking permission and a few comparative questions (What music are you listening to? What did you have for breakfast?) yields images of people presenting themselves to the camera. The unanticipated upshot: people are mostly happy and willing to connect and have their picture taken. Whether snapped candidly or in a staged portrait, the subject's humanness remains the through-line, coming and going.

The participating photographers, as well as many others, can be found on Gothamist's well curated list of photoblogger links.

Posted by mark at 02:05 AM

September 27, 2004

"half_insane_yes_man"

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graphite on paper

Critical mass attained? The NYTimes has a story about the international sticker phenomenon appearing on the lightpost near you. Coincidentally, tinsquo.com's new business stickers have just arrived. If you like 'em, you're free to stick 'em - anywhere that might expand the awareness of artblogging, that is. E-mail me and I'll send you as many as a first class stamp can handle.

Posted by mark at 01:51 AM

September 20, 2004

"swept_prom_mantis"

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graphite on paper

R.I.P. On Saturday, legendary photojournalist Eddie Adams passed away. In a prolific career, he is most remembered for the famous 1968 photo capturing the precise moment a South Vietnamese Brigadier General fired a bullet into the head of a Vietcong prisoner from an arm's length away on a Saigon street. The image became an instant flash point and persists to this day as an icon of the brutality of the Vietnam War.

Roebling Hall recently had an exhibition of Moises Saman’s photographs. For an icon of our current conflict I’d nominate this image of his. Reading as a picture of transcendent ganglia, the photo suggests that the tendrils of connection that unite us in community can also be subverted into conduits of violence.

Posted by mark at 04:14 PM

September 13, 2004

"poxy"

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graphite on paper

The answers to all your questions await. At long last, TINSQUO has an About page!

Posted by mark at 12:36 AM

September 09, 2004

"left_calico_abacus"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 12:42 AM

August 24, 2004

"attacked_cumulonimbus_foregone"

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Posted by mark at 01:23 PM

August 23, 2004

"loud_plow"

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Posted by mark at 05:55 PM

August 21, 2004

"knows_fizgig"

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Posted by mark at 12:50 AM

August 11, 2004

"bowsy"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 01:37 AM

July 31, 2004

"should_flesh_palimpsest"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 03:35 PM

July 29, 2004

"beneath_event_glom"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 03:25 PM

July 27, 2004

"underlip_struggle_bib"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 03:09 PM

July 25, 2004

"sluggish_squire"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 11:18 PM

July 17, 2004

"shirt_gibbous_farouche"

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Posted by mark at 03:13 PM

July 10, 2004

"contentedly_coax_encore"

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Posted by mark at 09:43 PM

June 25, 2004

"fits_total_sacerdotal"

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Posted by mark at 02:39 AM

June 22, 2004

"mass_trace"

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Posted by mark at 07:19 AM

June 09, 2004

"torn_lonely_partisan"

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Posted by mark at 01:55 AM

June 03, 2004

"holding_gaze_appeasement"

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graphite on paper

Posted by mark at 12:51 AM

May 29, 2004

"green_cosmetic_yearning"

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Posted by mark at 03:36 AM

May 23, 2004

"wellfed_tergiversation"

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Posted by mark at 01:55 AM

May 02, 2004

"threadbare_through-line"

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Posted by mark at 02:58 PM

April 28, 2004

"ashes_partly_cloudy"

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Posted by mark at 02:25 AM

April 15, 2004

"rosewood_geological_hoodoo"

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Posted by mark at 10:54 PM

April 08, 2004

"giving_over_cruciverbalist"

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Posted by mark at 11:55 PM

April 06, 2004

"within_rapt_torque"

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Posted by mark at 12:29 AM

March 27, 2004

"wasted_gambit"

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Posted by mark at 11:52 PM

February 26, 2004

"mother_colonel_paramecium"

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Posted by mark at 04:22 PM

February 16, 2004

"sweet_adumbration"

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Posted by mark at 02:59 PM

February 04, 2004

"housecoat couple brown"

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Posted by mark at 10:55 PM

February 03, 2004

"moaning_squat"

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Posted by mark at 09:50 PM

January 29, 2004

"neighborhood pieta"

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Posted by mark at 10:17 PM

January 28, 2004

"bard's_ascetic"

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Posted by mark at 11:00 PM

January 25, 2004

Handwriting

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Lately (as per the previous post), I have had the delight to be in the company of a young person learning to write. Currently she recognizes all the letters and can accurately depict them. Placing those letters in a word-making arrangement is the approaching horizon.

Watching her practice, provides a reminder that handwriting is drawing. Before written words can convey meaning an image must be constructed. Learning to master handwriting is an early, formative experience of what we might call "realistic drawing." The instructive irony, of course, is that making marks that register as words - words that only exist in the mind and who's communicative meaning is completely dependent on consensus - is about as abstract as it gets.

Today's posted drawing is an example from an ongoing body of work I refer to as "word paintings."

Posted by mark at 01:23 AM | Comments (1)

January 19, 2004

Creativity Is The Ultimate Renewable Resource

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Tucked away in the U.S. Forest Service guide for Red Rock Country, Coconino National Forest and Sedona, Arizona is a reference to a Northern Arizona University survey which found in a recent year that 64% of those visiting the area came seeking a spiritual experience of some sort. Sedona's towering wind and rain sculpted rock formations annually receive four million visitors - “a large number considering the prime attraction is rust,” quips the guide. (The rocks contain iron oxide which through exposure to the elements over millions of years has oxidized, giving the stone its signature blazing orange cast.)

Laid down in the Paleozoic Era, the rock formations of Sedona are the remains of what was once the bedrock upon which the first terrestrial life forms put down roots. As those plants and amphibians ascended, the land undergirding their development slowly surrendered to countless eons of relentless wind and rain – a process of pure creative destruction resulting in the fantastic forms remaining at this moment.

For visitors, the lure is a landscape whose beauty is a function of its decay. This is in striking counterpoint to the situation in the valley where surging urban development is creating a new environment and even newer decay. Like history’s greatest tsunami, humans are, in effect, accelerating the impact of countless eons of weather.

In the same way that one could think of the Red Rocks as the infrastructure upon which terrestrial life built its paradise, so the human development which now fills Sedona’s valley, climbs its mountains and - come to think of it - encircles the globe is the infrastructure suited to our perceived needs and purposes. It feels, here, as though humanity is an alighting hitchhiker saying to the undergirding rocks, “thanks for the ride, but we’ll take it from here.”

Where will this unprecedented endeavor deliver us? How can we successfully negotiate the shoals to escape catastrophe and emerge as richer, wiser, worthy heirs of our earthly progenitor?

Perhaps an answer lies with that 64% who visit Sedona in quest of spiritual experience.

The rise of art making as a human activity (truly a new thing under the sun) dates to about 40,000 years ago. Its appearance is an event that, not coincidentally, roughly coincides with the emergence of the first deleterious impacts of human activity on the environment – for example the hunting to extinction of certain large mammals.

Perhaps the making of art is an evolutionary adaptive response fashioned to re-inject beauty and meaning into a world suffering from human-induced environmental stress. The ongoing genius revelation of our art-making ancestors is that creativity is the ultimate renewable resource.

To the extent that access to the beauty and sustenance of the natural world diminishes, the need for beauty and its orienting connection to awe increases in proportion - awe being the healthy default of human nature. As human activity compromises the inherited beauty of the natural world, we find it biologically incumbent to create beauty from that nature which remains available to us: our own.

From this perspective, those spiritual seekers drawn to Sedona come as nascent artists efforting under the tutelage of the land’s unfathomable beauty to turn yearning into healing.

Posted by mark at 12:35 PM