Saturday, December 27, 2014

A New Work Structured by Kandinsky's Cossacks

This is the latest work in progress. I'm drawing on a 17" x 17" square of ordinary kids' coloring paper. It comes in a roll, so it's easy to measure and cut. I've taped it to the newsprint pad for support on the easel. I'm using Sharpies, but also micron pens. So far, Greg hasn't contributed to this one. He did, however, come by as I was drawing the rounded area of Tripoli (lower middle) and whispered in my ear, It looks like a brain. I agree, though it wasn't my intention. I'll post more pictures as it develops.

Before I started drawing, I used a reproduction of Kandinsky's painting Cossacks (painted circa 1910-11 and living at the Tate Gallery in London) to sketch a very loose adaptation of its composition for a string. This is an idea that has been on my mind for some time now, and I'm happy to be finally giving it a go. Obviously, the colors in my tangle have little to do with Kandinsky's scheme (not to say that it wouldn't be intriguing). This time, I was only interested in using the overall composition of a work of art as inspiration for a string.