Tuesday, April 27, 2010

some quotes on drawing and studio practice from william kentridge

 i went to the kentridge show at moma while in nyc this past week. it was pretty epic, and i feel like i gained a lot from seeing it. i'm still sort of processing what it means to have seen that show, and the marina abramovic show in the same building, on the same day, with the same eyes. more on that later. 

"I believe that in the indeterminacy of drawing - the contingent way that images arrive in the work - lies some kind of model of how we live our lives. The activity of drawing is a way of trying to understand who we are and how we operate in the world."

"Walking, thinking, stalking the image. Many of the hours spent in the studio are hours of walking, pacing back and forth across the space gathering the energy, the clarity to make the first mark...It is as if before the work can begin (the visible finished work of the drawing, film, or sculpture), a different, invisible work must be done." 

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