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Bag 3, part of '5 part Bag Drawings: March-April 2002'; comprising four separate elements of three glassine bags and a sheet of white card with grid-work and collaged drawn shapes, glassine bags also collaged and with some cut-aways. 2002
Ink, crayon, watercolour and graphite on white thin card and glassine bags
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Height: 560 millimetres (max, cerated top-edge)
Width: 430 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Each bag in the series can be taken out or replaced in a different order allowing for shifts of layer and perception without necessitating any overworking. The 'reading' of the work thus involves the active participation of the viewer and the translucency of the bags parallels his painting technique of sealing marks in translucent wax.
The artist said of his work, e-mail to Frances Carey 10 June 2002; "These drawings are made by inserting glassine negative bags inside each other in order to produce a drawing which can be read slowly, the translucency of each bag becoming gradually less effective as the number of bags increases. This process removes these drawings from being part of a regular method for working on paper. Each bag can be taken out or replaced like a series of Russian dolls, and unlike the latter, the order of the bags can be reversed or they can be transplanted to another drawing. The flexibility of the approach is important in that drawing has always been a place to adjust and replace ideas. The ability to shift areas and layers without having to over-work them allows space and time for the drawing to take itself into unexpected areas. Each successive bag is a participant in a game with the mark-making materials and the notion of what the drawings might become. Once the process becomes an enjoyable game the drawings get a chance to take on their own life.
These drawings have to be watched for a while before they can be trusted. Despite the quickness of producing the various elements, they can take a long time to finish. The freedom such drawings have to incorporate their own failures makes the moment of completion a more pertinent and unpredictable one. The pleasure is in the resolution of many complexities and uncertainties at the end of a sequence of moves which, until this point, could have been up to 95% incompetent."
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