Revee Van der Stelt

The tools are paper, knife, ruler, and pencil. What variations arise within simple actions on paper? The limited set of repeated movements reveal slight alteration of choice. How can the action of drawing also extend to space through light and shadow?

These drawings are the material residue of process-oriented thought and activity. When making them, there is a rhythm through action. The sound of the knife or pencil against the metal ruler makes a clicking and wooshing noise that combines with other sounds heard in a day. Most are forgotten, some recorded. (sound recordings).

In these folded and drawn pages, rhythm and vibration is the residue of repeated lines. The energy of the hand alters the final drawing: that energy is focused/distracted, strong/weak. Misplaced lines are as equally valid as accurately placed lines. Portions of the paper fall off and are lost. Failure of material or lack of accuracy is embraced, allowing difference.

Expectations for a crafted art form assuming specialized skill, is deliberately investigated. There are attempts at precision with an acceptance of failure. Actions are purposfullly easy to enact as repetitive labor. Through these actions of scoring, folding, and drawing, there has been opportunity to reflect upon the motivations and assumptions of visual art practice as a particular form of labor with expectation for material products driven by market forces. Making material products, such as the works seen on this page, is only one possibility for the question of drawing through action. What does an immaterial drawing look like and how can this be enacted?