Monday, August 10, 2009

Robert Rauschenberg's transfer drawings

"The transfer technique, which he took up in 1958, had remarkably few moving parts. It involved soaking newspaper or magazine clippings in solvent, laying them face down on drawing paper and then hatching back and forth across them with a dry pen nib. The results dazzle; in a flickering, almost strobelike effect, images seem to rise to the surface like memories through a scrim — or through the static of a television set. The critic Lawrence Alloway likened the fluctuating motifs to “a postcard stand in a windstorm.”

Website describing these transfer drawings

I am getting ready today for a workshop, with my 7 Plus artist friends, taught by Annie Stromquist. The first day will be spent learning how to make transfer drawings. They seem mysterious to me!

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