Sweet Air/Still Fast

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Damian Gascoigne 114682 2013002473 SWEET AIR/STILL FAST August 2013 J1 SWEET AIR, exhibition of line drawings, (NG pop up Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney) August 22 to September 13 2013. This exhibition was comprised of a selection of 150 line drawings. These images form part of a larger series of 400 themed drawings covering a period of four years from 2010-2013. These loosely connected images acted as an oblique visual diary in which events and ideas were documented and worked through as they emerged. The work comprises of black and white line drawings on paper, with key visual motifs and icons developed through multiple iterations. The overarching theme in my current practice is the development of a personal visual lexicon; playful pictographic symbols to represent both ordinary and life-changing experiences. The use of line, pattern and hatching relates to the draughtsmanship of artists such as Saul Steinberg and Paul Klee. Steinbergs use of repetition in architectural detail and characters is referenced here, as is Klees use of systematic drawing to suggest grids, staves and graphic spaces. The black and white line drawing sits within a long British tradition, stretching from William Hogarth, through Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray, to Ralph Steadman, Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe, in which the pared down image and gestural line are key considerations. In contemporary art the work also references the notation of the mundane and the everyday in the line drawings of Tracey Emin, Henrick Drescher and David Shrigley. The series of works aim to address questions relating to drawing as a form of communication, and also as a physical, tactile process. The work explores ideas around cumulative communication- asking whether multiple versions of the same drawing can tell us more about a subject than one single image. The work also plays with notions around what constitutes good drawing, subverting accuracy and realistic representation, and exploring mess and mistakes. STILL FAST, animation installation, (Beams Festival, Chippendale, Sydney) September 21st 2013 This drawn animation piece is an extension of work created in Sweet Air. Iconography is taken from this series of drawings and used to explore movement languages for animation beyond conventional story telling forms. The use of gesture and mark making are investigated further through the animation process; the evidence of rough, inaccurate and unpredictable line work becoming amplified across time. Still Fast sits within a rich tradition of non-narrative animation as pioneered by animation filmmakers such as Robert Breer, Len Lye and Norman McLaren in the mid 20th Century. In current practice artists such as David OReilly, Wendy Tilby and Stuart Hilton use rough hand drawing and low-poly computer animation to deliberately challenge the norms and conventions of digital practice. The research themes embodied here are concerned with the relationship between hand drawing and digital technology, asking the question How can the hand drawn image remain relevant in the digital realm? I am concerned with developing hybrid visual languages that allow rawness and accident to play a central role in digital animation.
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