Deconstructivist Vision, colored pencil, 27 1/2 x 22 inches, 2006
The title refers to an architectural movement that emerged in architecture during the 1970s. The movement, Deconstructivism, combined notions of Russian Constructivism from the early 20th century with aspects of Deconstruction, a strategy championed by the famous philosopher Jacques Derrida where one learns more about a text or work of art by exhaustively questioning its every aspect.
This is no building, but my structure looks architectural and raises many questions. Its appearance sometimes evokes notions of Vladimir Tatlin’s Project for the Monument to the Third International (1919-20). Tatlin designed an immense structure intneded to serve as a Russian government building. It was meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, but it was never built. All of this made it easy for me to title my drawing.
Biomechanical Dependency, colored pencil, 28 1/4 x 22 inches, 2007
This is another drawing based on gestures of the figure, but the figures themselves were culled from photos of professional wrestlers executing suplexes, slams, powerbombs, and other violent maneuvers on each other. The interaction of these figures changed the way I approached the drawing. The results seem more dynamic, organic, and violent. I incorporated many mechanical forms, but my interpretation of those forms produced a drawing that looks distinctly biological.
I used this diptych to explore a warm to cool color progression. Like many of my drawings, this one developed over time. I refined the right half first, employing blue-greens, blues, blue-violets, and violets. Later, I approached the left half with warm reds, blue-greens, blues, and violets. Colored pencil is a challenging medium, but I like it well enough. The wax in the pencils limits the amount of material that one can apply to the surface, but it’s easier to layer colors and control application of the material than with watercolor or acrylic.