Archaeologies of the Unseen.

Drawing a Shape

 

Invisible inter-relationships – body, pencil, pen, paper and surface

 

What it takes to draw

Light, gravity, pencil/pen, hard surface and atmosphere

 

Thinking through practice a language of materials

 

Materials have their own language

 

“The body hides from view in everyday experience” (Johnson, 2005)

Thinking through materials not just with the body – see Pallasamaa, 2009

 

We forget materials through industrial production and efficiency, algorithms, tools and procedures

 

Design has many different disciplines

 

“But we tend to intellectualise materials and tools (Pallasmaa, 2009, p.54)

 

How do material, tool, shape movement, thinking and perception?

 

The tool is an extension and it will shape the mind and our perception

The tool is an extension of the hand

The hand is no longer a hand when it takes hold of a hammer

 

We think through tools

An ecology of the mind (Batesen, p. 973, p.429)

 

We think through tools and environment

The tree and the axe (Batesen, 2000, p. 317)

 

Tools are incorporated into our body schema (ibid.p.141)

 

The world of tactile objects extend

Not an object that is perceived but an object that is perceived through

 

The unwritten laws of materials

Paul Klee

Art does not reproduce the visible rather, it makes visible

 

Gravity grow like a seed(Klee. 1964. p.31)

 

Form is set by the process of giving form, which is more important than form itself (Klee,1965.pp45-46) See sand figures

 

Lines are grown, dynamic movement, the paint seen in a dynamic term as an agent

 

The Phenomenology of Painting Merleau-Ponti. 1964,p127)

Painting is a way of understanding our existentialist place in this world

 

 

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We just dont see the world, we touch the world, we feel the world (JacksonPollock)

 

Making visible, visible invisible forces, gravity for example

 

Light has a force, it has a language

 

To draw we may angle the paper towards the light

 

Language of materials and context renders visible through practice

 

To think about everyday life and the materials that hide from our attention, whilst always shaping and allowing it to do what we do

 

Tools, materials and environment shape our movement, perception and thinking

Tools and materials leave a trace upon things we make just as our imagination and intentions do

 

Line render visible the language of materials and tools

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Author: lawrenceaaronmaker

Studying a BA Hons in Artist, Designer; Maker at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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