This project is based on locations in the centre of Bedford UK.
The use of a dice is central to these drawings. Firstly, it initiates a specific location in the town, through the x and y co-ordinates of a map. Secondly, by enlisting chance as our guide in selecting place we are removing selection through attraction. We may be confronted by a patch of urban wasteland used as a temporary car park, with accompanying detritus, or a series of neat footpaths between back streets, sprayed with pink arrows - pointing to nothing.
Frames of Reference
Each of us is assigned a different location and from this space each identifies/selects a series of key ingredients, which we call frames of reference for that place, based on the number rolled with the dice. The number of items could be singled out as isolated ingredients or made as a collection of thematic images. It is likely that each of us will therefore take photos from the assigned grid reference and then make them available to the other.
The dice also determines a materials selection. This has been made up of 2 mediums each. The dice is rolled once for group A and once for group B, from a pre-agreed grid. These are taken from a pre-agreed grid. Each drawing is carried out with a standard set of 8 exchanges in all. (Not all of which are always used). A key aim has been to use the randomness of the dice to challenge our drawing skills against the soup of materials we are confronted by through the fabric of place. This targets the visual in anything from the small to large scale: i.e. from undergrowth to buildings
As a first event, we make an initial response to the map itself, before visiting the place. The difference between these sketches and the actual drawings is that these sketches are small scale. (approximately on average 10cm squares)
Map Sketches Enlarged
The small map sketches are enlarged and digitally printed as 36cm squares on a quality fine art paper and then act as a topographical ground over which the eight rounds of activity unfold. There are a number of aspirations that we had when starting the project, one of which was to continue working on top of digitally re-printed drawings that were originally made traditionally. This we have continued with here - This generally provides an initial vibe to feed off and work over.
The beginnings focus selection and are then often followed up visually, by a tentative vying for connection and approach. There is perhaps the least amount of responsibility here and the most freedom. The middle exchanges usually see a more confident hit on something, that will mostly trigger an embrace and will to build on what is viable, but it might still also see alternatives floated. As time begins to tick, responsibility grows. The end is clearly where most collaboration and responsibility is required if we are to finish a drawing successfully. There is perhaps less freedom to shift the dynamics of the drawing – but this is always an option.
The process for location drawings is shown in more detail in NOTES, along with additional supporting materials.
THE FINAL DRAWINGS
All Location drawings are 2016/17, Mixed Drawing Media on Fine Art Digital Printed Paper, 36 cm sq.