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Written by negative40khz

October 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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  1. Hey Bobby, you’ve evolved your drawings a lot since the last time I’ve seen them. These are much lighter, more fluid, and transparent.

    The peculiar thing about your body of work is that all of your images are 2D forms that _suggest_ depth and volume, but do not actually live in three dimensions. You’ve invented a process that pushes your tools to the extreme of rendering an illusion of depth, motion, and volume, but yet everything is confined to a static, 2D existence. So what’s next? Is this a series of studies that will evolve into a sculptural or architectural execution? Do these forms eventually gain mass and transpose into other media? Do they come alive with motion?

    Or do they eventually become aware of their 2D constraints and embrace them somehow? Perhaps through flatness, typography / topographic play, or impossible configurations (think Escher)?

    You definitely have a vocabulary here. It seems like the purity you seek might be a kind of pre-linguistic, formal purity, like a primordial state in the rectangular, white-space voids of graphic design. Your references to graphic design and typography are inescapable. It’ll be interesting to see how you might apply this vocabulary as you re-enter the higher complexities of language.

    Clifford Chen

    October 4, 2009 at 1:51 am


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