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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Isometric Projection Drawings

Here are some isometric projection drawings that I’ve been working on over the past week. These are all part of the A Theory of Forms and Ideas series. I did some experiments to figure out what combinations of colors I wanted to use and settled on using blue Gelly Roll pens by Sakura on generic gray paper from Michaels. I started by first making the drawings in pencil and then inking in the lines. After I finished, I erased all of the pencil lines and then scanned the images into the computer. I used Photoshop to erase the backgrounds and then lightened the images as far as I could to make the pen lines appear to be light gray. At this point I decided that it would be easier to cheat by putting my gray paper in the printer and printing out the images directly onto it;I could have traced the images on there again but there really is no point and I already made the drawings once. Once they were printed on the gray paper, I traced over them with a blue pen. The first pen that I used, which lasted for only about 7 drawings, made thick painterly lines which I really liked. A lot of mistakes were made because of how wet the ink was but I accepted it as part of the process and also thought that it would keep them from being too graphic. After the first blue pen gave out I got new ones but they turned out to be unreliable and often clogged up, making it difficult to get accurate and solid lines. These were more like drawing with ball point pens that were drying out as you used them;I was happy when I finished because those pens were beginning to frustrate me. I left out #8 and #10 because I thought it would be too difficult to make the curves with my pen.

According to Wikipedia isometric projection is:

 A method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees.

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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Drawings #1, #14, and #23

Here are the last 3 in the series, making it a total of 15 drawings. There was a mistake in #23 and somehow it ended up too tall; it’s supposed to be 3 inches tall but ended up at 3.5 inches. I’m glad to be done with these. I often get bored with long series of work. #1 was actually the last one that I finished because I skipped it accidentally.A Theory of Forms and Ideas (Drawing #1)A Theory of Forms and Ideas (Drawing #14)A Theory of Forms and Ideas (Drawing #23)

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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Drawings #4, #8, #10, and #17

Here are 4 more finished drawings for the A Theory of Forms and Ideas drawing series. These are #4, #8, #10 and #17.

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A Theory of Forms and Ideas in Progress

Here’s a photo of A Theory of Forms and Ideas #1 and #18 in progress and the pages from my sketch book that I use for measurements. The building of these sculptures requires a little bit of strategic planning since I need to paint the middles first since I won’t be able to paint them later once it is glued together. #1 has balsa wood spacers in it to keep the insides from getting dusty  and to keep wood filler and gray primer out of the center spaces. I should be done with these soon.

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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Drawing Sketches

Here are all of the working sketches for A Theory of Forms and Ideas. These were used to accurately render the gouache paintings in three dimensions. It’s easy to see the process that I’m using to create the illusion of three dimensions using two point perspective.  For these I wasn’t interested in shading and was instead only interested in depicting the lines of the forms for future reference in the final drawings.Scan 1 Scan 2 Scan 3 Scan 4 Scan 5 Scan 6 Scan 7 Scan 8 Scan 9 Scan 10 Scan 11 Scan 12 Scan 13 Scan 14 Scan

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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Drawings #19, #21, #24, and #12

Here are some more drawings from the A Theory of Forms and Ideas drawing series. These are #19, #21, #24 and #12.

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Dune Shack Residency

This past weekend I went to Cape Cod for Labor Day weekend and had the opportunity to revisit the dune shack that I had stayed in back in 2008. The dune shacks are on the north-east coast of Cape Cod near Provincetown and are easy to access by simply parking your car and hiking into the dunes towards the sea. Here’s some information about them:
There are only 19 of them .
They built by the Life Saving Service in the 19th century to house seamen.
Jackson Pollock, Eugene O’Neil, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac (who wrote part of On the Road in a dune shack) and Tennessee Williams all spent time in dune shacks.
The properties came under the aegis of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1961.
The dune shack that I stayed in was called the Fowler Dune Shack and is run as an artist residency. It had no running water or electricity so I had to bring in my own bottles of water and I used kerosine lamps at night to see. I stayed there for 7 days and spent most of my time meditating, reading, going to the beach and drawing. I remember that it was hot and there were no trees to shade you from the sun so it was unbearable to be out in the middle of the day. I would often get up early and start my day with meditation. After I was finished meditating I would have breakfast and coffee and then pump water from the well to use for the outdoor shower which consisted of a large blue barrel full of water, a hose and a shower head. The barrel and the hose are on the roof and as the sun begins to beat down on it it heats the water trapped in the hose and the barrel. By 3 or 4 in the afternoon there’s enough hot water to take a nice warm shower. After filling up the water barrel I would sometimes go for a walk by the beach, which was just over the bluff, or go check out other dune shacks in the area. By noon it was impossible to be out in the sun so I would usually hang out on the shady porch reading or drawing. In the afternoon I would often go down to the beach again, take a shower and then make dinner. After dinner I would meditate again and then spend the rest of the night drawing by the light of a kerosine lamp.
The night sky out there is incredibly clear, making star gazing an awe inspiring experience. I had the idea of making a drawing of the night sky while I was there but this proved to be too difficult and instead made a drawing of the night sky that was made up. This was the second or third time that I used the night sky as subject matter and have since used it again, but unsuccessfully. I’ll get it right one of these days.
I decided to do some still life drawings while there in the style of Andrew Wyeth who was one of my favorite artists when I was younger. I still think that he is fantastic draftsman and painter and he has the ability to create a mood and psychology while maintaining a simplicity to his style. I enjoy drawing from real life but I don’t often do it because, although I think hand skills are important, I believe that the subject should be interesting in order to pursue it in a creative context. I never did anything with these drawings nor have I done any drawings like this since.
Here are some photos of the shack and some of the drawings that I did.
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A Theory of Forms and Ideas Drawings #3, #7, #9 and #18

I’ve been working on some perspective drawings that are based on the gouache paintings that I made from the A Theory of Forms and Ideas series. I took 15 paintings from the series that I thought would make good sculptures and rendered them in three dimensions using a technique that I learned in my three dimensional drawing class in college. This is the same class that I took where I also learned how to make small scale reliefs using chipboard that I talked about in I Was A Landscape In Your Dream. In the class I learned how to render objects in three dimensions and add shadows using known points. This was taught before computers were being widely used in order to accurately transfer a two dimensional object into three dimensions. For the A Theory of Forms and Ideas drawings I started by making a smaller version of the drawing on a piece of paper that would accommodate all of the points that I needed to complete the drawing. After I finished the drawing I scanned it into the computer, made it twice as large and then printed it back out. I traced the finished drawing onto another piece of paper and shaded it in using 2 different shades of pencil.

I’m hoping to make all 15 of the drawings and also make small scale models for them. I’m particularly interested in the drawings that have floating pieces that would not be physically possible to make. Below are the first 4 of the drawings and a drawing that shows the technique that I used to make them. These are #18, #3, #7, and #9.

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ICB

ICB is a series of work that I made in 2009 that I never wrote about or exhibited. The initial drawings were originally created  using a computer that had an old drawings program on it;the lines were randomly drawn across the screen and the computer program, through a preset, would either adhere to the grid or ignore it, creating a random pattern in the end. I experimented with different results  and made 4 of these (Untitled #1,#4,#5 and Battleship) which I printed out and saved thinking that I would like to do something with them in the future. One of these initial drawings was the basis for the painting ICB (Battleship) which was made using white acrylic latex and blue pen on canvas. I used joint compound on the surface of the canvas before painting it to create a smooth surface. This turned out to be a mistake because one of my cats walked across it and made crackly footprints on it which destroyed the surface. I made this painting again in 2011 but this time used blue gouache to make the lines and also used 2 different whites for the background. In 2009 I also decided to finish the series so I set out to try and reproduce similar results to what I had done in 2000. This was harder than I thought since computer programs had become more advanced over time. This meant that the computer was less likely to follow the grid so I had to redo many of them several times to get the results that I wanted. After I had 8 of them I decided that I had enough so I reproduced them on paper using a blue felt tip marker. Then I decided that I wanted to make them on panels so I bought eight 16″ wood panels. I sanded each one and used white spray paint to paint them. I used the same blue felt tip markers on these that I used for the other drawings and when I was done sprayed them with UVLS Matte Varnish to keep the sun from fading them.

I never showed this series anywhere. I had 2 of the panels hanging up in my studio and the sunlight faded them so they were destroyed. I gave a couple of them away. I liked the idea of this series and the idea of making art through glitches on a computer even though I forced some of the later results. This was also the first time that I ever made work directly on wood panels and I thought that it was successful for a first try. I was hoping that the final results would be quite and elegant but at the same time I wasn’t sure how abstraction fit in with the rest of my work and I found it difficult to try and promote;I didn’t have any other work that was like it. It eventually found a home with the Future Living Projects.

The title comes from a New Order song on the album Movement. The initials are rumored to mean Ian Curtis Buried but I didn’t know that at the time of making the painting or the drawings. Here are 2 composite shots, one of the drawings on paper and the other of the drawings on panels. Below that is the painting ICB (Battleship) which I plan on destroying since I don’t think that it was very successful as a painting.

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GE: We Bring Good Things To Light

I made these pen and ink drawing in 2002 of various US military aircraft that use General Electric parts in them called GE: We Bring Good Things To Light. General Electric, which owns NBC, also makes engine parts for US military aircraft as well as parts for missiles and bombs used for the US military. The drawings were actually made on 22″x30″ paper that were mounted in a series of black frames that I got from work but I cropped the final images to get rid of most of the white space. I also wanted to make small plastic models about the same subject matter but I only made part of one before I quite;it was going to be a lot of work and I wasn’t totally convinced about the project. I imaged a series of 10 grey military aircrafts on a shelf. This was at a time when I was trying to find another way to use models and politics in my art. I settled on the drawings but in the end I didn’t think that they were very impressive. They weren’t necessarily good drawings and the execution was underwhelming. I don’t think that I ever proposed to show them anywhere and the project sort of went flat. I think that the idea behind the project was good but my interest in “lame” drawing at the time only proved to be a disappointment overall in the end. I wanted the politics to be important and at the same time was trying to de-mystify art which became a catastrophic combination. I also thought that by putting the project under the Associated Artists for Propaganda Research that it would be part of a more cohesive context that would protect it from normal scrutiny. I wanted the AAPR to encompass the good as well as the experimental and this is a project that definitely got lost in the mix.

GE Composite with Layers

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