Thousand Sketches is a project I began in the New Zealand spring in 2006 and completed in the spring of 2007. I made 1000 sketches on my Tablet PC and posted them to this blog. I also recorded my learning process about art & artists and my visits to galleries in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A.
The focus of the work is my everyday experience. Each sketch reveals the next layer of exploration. All the images are sketches, yet some are more like paintings, watercolours or oils.
I printed the many of the images using pigment ink and archival materials. The physical objects and their virtual origins enhance each other.
Towards the end of the project my work clarified. I saw it as one art work, a not a ThousandSketches but one project, one ‘installation, a process of discovery. There are three aspects: images, website, prints. It is these three elements that can be seen together as one work.
I had a dream last night that all thousand sketches were printed and mounted onto 8″ square photo blocks and displayed around a huge gallery. The display was for sale for $2,000,000 for the whole set. Half to the dealer.
It looked really good, people loved it, thousands of people were looking very intently at the whole project. I like to think of this as one project, not a lot of separate sketches.
A few thumbnails to get the feel, though they were in one single line in the dream:
Your artwork was mentioned in Germany’s Beat magazine. They reviewed our first live release and included your circle as the associated artwork.
Signals Under Tests – “Live at verbal Arts” – Beat Magazine Review
“Even though the Irish duo, consisting of Ricky Graham & John King, is actually still working behind the scenes on their first studio album with great attention to detail, this live recording sounds already stunningly mature and in no way like a test. Highly minimal sound grounds, with a high affinity for backward loops, are cut by glamorous jazz-specific guitars and extend up to eleven minutes as in dream time. The enigmatic cover by Walter Logeman congenially complements the music.”
I am working on a landscape project. As with the Earth Crosses the series has it origin here in Thousand Sketches. I am doing new landscapes and I am re-working some of the landscapes from the Thousand Sketches – for example, on my Art Journal “In this moment…” you can see the new version of this one. The plan is to do them in oils as well.
Archons are the baddies, viruses, mind parasites, beasts, devils. They are the ancient enemy of the earth. I am not sure what it all means really, but it made me think of the wonderful metal spider in the DIA N.Y. Beacon. Not sure of the artist or name of this sculpture but will add later.