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symmetrical procedure #GC-9-1
graphite on paper
12 x 12 in
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These drawings are made according to a set of self imposed guidelines: They are to be nonrepresentational, adhere to bilateral symmetry, and be done on square paper with graphite pencil.

The formulation of these parameters serves several purposes. To begin with it is a way to transcend the routine contrivances of self expression, composition, style, and subject matter, allowing me to focus on the experimentation and discovery process. The specific rules I’ve chosen encourage infinite possibilities within their finite boundaries. That in itself, the dynamic confluence of choice and limitation, is part of what underlies and generates the drawings.

Symmetry is a strong organizing force, as can be observed in both our macro and micro universes. In my drawings I am using symmetry to fine tune that tension between the massive and the minute, complexity and simplicity, randomness and specificity. My hypothesis is that if I balance those poles just right it will release metaphoric and poetic resonance. Symmetry is like the “equal sign” in math and physics, bringing order to chaos.

I am also interested in vision itself, in the way that the eye perceives, in terms of our psyche seeking resolution and meaning, and the relationship of the physical process to the deeper psychological experience. Using a minimal approach in these drawings lets me consider these questions through isolation and observation.