I sharpened the end of my watercolor brush to a point so I can drop just a little ink into one corner of each wetted triangle area. The alignment of the parts is imperfect because I didn't sketch anything out at first, I just went at it with a brush- one end for applying water, the other for dropping ink. I started out thinking of a different form entirely but it's exciting for me when my initial idea changes as a piece grows.
I made these four sketches in the past few weeks. I've been saving drawings like these (made on the back of 'spoilage report' sheets from my optical lab job) for over four years and I have about 2000 of them. Not all of them are good, a lot are just grocery lists or random ideas.
I'm compelled to record my thoughts during the spare moments between verifying eyeglass prescriptions.
Last Wednesday I participated in Draw Your Face Off #2 at Space Gallery. I sat at a table, drew whatever came to mind for three hours. Each time I finished a drawing I walked up and clipped it to the wall, and then people could just take it off the wall and buy it for 20 dollars. I did this again on Friday the same week because I had a lot of fun the first time. I made 11 drawings total and at least 8 have sold so far and I have no record of any of them.
These drawings here on this blog post were made just after DYFO2. I feel like the live drawing event pushed me into new territory. Not very far forward, maybe even a step back into 8 bit video game land, or into two bit land, a world of black and white, (or one thing and another thing.) I've been using black and white for a while but now it's really real.
...even if brown is the new white. I have no idea where this is going but it's definitely going.
Also, I think using little squares is a natural progression from using little triangles. I like how much these look like early computer graphics and video games, also like Conway's Game of Life, which is always in the back of my mind. I use the width of the marker as the smallest unit of measurement, and build from there.
These aren't really experiments, I just called them that because it's a new method for me. These images are details of one drawing that I'm making using one inch squares as different fields, and each field has different rules for placement of dots using an ink pen on paper. The bottom left square's rules were: place dots in a random array, continually assess the visual qualities of the dots for the emergence of tonal density or imagery, avoid overt imagery but make a pleasing formal arrangement. Basically, just doodle with dots.
The upper right square's rules were different, they were: place dots evenly until uniformly dark value is achieved. Eventually individual marks will leave pathways and subtle areas of extra density, without much focus.
I've got a dozen or so squares to fill with dots in various ways, and I think in the end this drawing will be a rewarding exercise and an interesting piece.
This picture of me says so much. I guess I'm 3 or 4 years old. 1983 or '84. Wheaties and Zaxxon on the table. I'm either making beautiful music on a plastic lute or sucking on a pacifier beyond "okay". I clearly have to pee. Yes, I am wearing robot pajamas. Zaxxon must have been enjoyable, maybe even a formative experience after looking at these pictures my Mom just brought over. I really don't remember the game at all. Here is a description of the handheld version I'm playing with from the handheld museum.
I'm thinking of each repeated form as representatives of different species of the same genus. This is an imaginary taxonomic chart.
This is the first piece in the Genera series, unless I abandon the whole thing. It's called Genus 4 because there are four forms, and I'm thinking Genus 1, 2, 3 would be displayed before this one in an exhibit.
The map of the world has been redrawn in a new atlas which uses population rather than land mass to illustrate the size and shape of each country. Researchers from the University of Sheffield created the online atlas of 200 maps using distribution data to demonstrate population distribution and density.
"Clint Fulkerson's graphite drawings are gorgeous. His 'Division Series' meditates on the process of mitosis and is suggestive of broader binaries. These contained works really emphasize the artist's hand, his ability to infuse structured and mathematical forms with an organic vitality with unwavering control."
This is a sketch I did at work, figuring out a different way to systematically develop density starting with a geometric framework. I think it looks like a camel, a map of an island, and like a deformed roasted chicken.
Here's me hanging my acrylic on polyester painting the other day. It looks kind of like a shower curtain but I still like it. The Opening for this exhibit at SMFA is 5-8pm during the First Friday Art Walk:
Also stop by Pickwick Independent Press at 526 Congress Street for our grand expansion celebration! I haven't been as active at the press as of late, but I am still a proud member and hope to see a lot of folks stop by!