Perimeter's curated Reading Capsules aim to explore some of the store's key points of interest and enquiry. Each capsule, focusing on various themes, mediums and contexts in art and design publishing, features titles available for individual purchase or as a specially priced bundle.
Our 13th capsule Explorin' Drawin' centres around artists putting pen (or pencil) to paper. Looking at a wide range of artistic outcomes, from painterly abstractions to the classic graphic novel, this capsule demonstrates the creative potential inherent in the humble pen.
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Shoplifters Issue 9: DRAWINGS is a 536 page, alphabetically organised, directory of artists who draw AND their drawings.
The work has been beautifully reproduced using fluorescent inks as a replacement for cyan, magenta, and yellow, giving these drawings the vibrance and saturation of the original pieces (and sometimes a little extra B-)). (Actual Source – Provo)
Drawings presents a wide selection of Eddie Martinez's drawing practice from 2005 up until the present. Many of them have never been seen before as they come deep from the artists archive. Going from figurative to abstraction and back again, Eddie Martinez has developed his personal vocabulary and iconography of recurring characters, shapes and mark making. (Triangle Books – Brussels)
'I make art with my dominant hand, and I can represent another artist through the hand that they make their art with. Using my time and labor to honour another’s labor, be it physical or intellectual, is a kind of service or homage...
If you take a quick glance at one of these drawings, it looks like a right and left hand. Look more closely and you realize that’s not the case–it’s the same hand, and it’s somehow interleaved with itself. It looks right, but then, it’s clearly wrong. To get this effect I digitally cut up the photos and spliced them together to make impossible combinations, and then drew the resultant compositions. I like to make work that seems normal at first glance but on closer inspection is really weird.' – Karl Haendel. (Triangle Books – Brussels)
"Strip was drawn over a two week period in Paris, defined by the size of the room and the table. Made from observations of facades from some places and how they could be if side by side.” - Nigel Peake
It’s hard to summarise the work of artist — or as he has called himself, ‘drawer’ — Nigel Peake, because there is so much of it and it’s varied. Peake, who grew up in Northern Ireland and currently lives between there and Paris, originally studied architecture. In the past 10 years he’s written and drawn more than 40 books, covering cycling, bridges, cities, shapes, patterns, maps and more. (Nieves – Zurich)
UK artist Daniel Eatock’s work is about the recording of actions. A compulsive serialist, he often takes felt-tip pens and engineers them to bleed through stacks of paper. Pens Paper explores Eatock’s action-based approach to producing works made exclusively using felt-tip pens and paper. Combined with time and chance, this simple act of putting pen to paper generates abstract fields and markings that reveal beautifully kaleidoscopic bleeding constellations. The book features an essay by Andrew Blauvelt. (Formist – Sydney)
Airport Love Theme is a graphic novel set on two airplanes and in detention at Los Angeles airport, recalling the absurd exchanges that once took place between US border security officers, an artist held and interrogated under suspicion while travelling to an art fair, and fellow passenger-detainees. Farah’s debut book explores the promise of mobility offered by the international art world, and how that promise can fail outrageously. Suspense and disorientation play out in subtle ways, encouraging self-questioning on the part of readers given joint responsibility for making sense of troubling events. (Book Works – London)
Stefan Marx releases his new book Berlin Drawings one and a half years after moving to Germany's Capital. These small scale drawings were made in different situations – being on public transport, in clubs, at the TXL airport, walking in different neighbourhoods, or just at his new home. On 300 pages he shares his impressions, thoughts and observations of his surrounding space, drawing down faces, typographies, animals, daydreams and quotes of Berlin. (Nieves – Zurich)