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Carl Eckhoff

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Subway Drawings
Subway Drawings
I take the A train each day and I draw the whole time during this underground excursion. Roughly an hour each way- the time dissolves quickly as I delve into my renderings. The images that come out resemble the inner workings of the intestines or a tunnel system gone awry. I start without having any predetermination or plans as to what will be articulated. Using the surrealist technique of Automatism or Automatic writing I let the movement of the ball-point pen lead to an image. Once revealed I start to make conscience decisions and start pushing and pulling forms that emerge.
When a fellow commuter asks what I am drawing I tell them “I am drawing a map.” Artistic creation is a voyage into the unknown and I am mapping these daily journeys. The excitement of potential discovery is accompanied by anxiety, despair, caution, boldness and always the risk of failure. The movement of the train is conducive to a dreamy state of mind. The pushing and pulling moves the pen without my control.
Contemplations and regurgitations on the A
Contemplations and regurgitations on the A
Proclaiming the amplitude and purity of vision I patiently draw accurate settings picturing beings whose postures were caught from life itself. The illusion is compelling and sure. From these forms, physiognomies are often ugly but powerfully evocative. They emanate celestial joy, acute anguish, spiritual calm and turmoil. The effect is of matter transformed by being distended or compressed to afford an escape from the senses into remote infinity.
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