Saturday, May 24, 2014

Goldsmiths to Michaelis - Abri de Swart and 2nd year Michaelis students

The Portrait Machine now functions as a teaching exercise. I was asked by Katherine Bull to practice the project with Michaelis students via Skype, from my studio at Goldsmiths in London. Abri de Swart is the subject.

                                         Or am I the subject?

An example of my articulate descriptions:

"his mouth is like an upside down, flattened out rainbow..."

After an hours description we reveal Abri:

The drawings turned out grand:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Portrait Machine gets invited to Michaelis. Christian Nerf and Michaelis students

Katherine Bull asked me to perform the Portrait Machine for the 2nd Year Michaelis drawing class. Christian Nerf was asked to be the sitter and the 62 drawing students would be the "scribes". John Baldessari performed a similar pedagogical project for students 'Police Drawing', 1971.
(above images by Katherine Bull)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vulindlela Nyoni, Ian Grose, Ann and Yusuf

We begin. Vulindlela to draw Ian
This is where Vulindlela and Ian realize they've met. This means that they can't draw one another. We stop. I go looking for sitters.
I find Ann. She is skeptical and in a hurry. Her partner is also skeptical, he keeps looking at Vulindlela's blind drawing of his wife. He tells her that it's a failure, doesn't doesn't look anything like her. This is disconcerting for Vulindlela's drawing process. Ann says she would like to leave. We stop. The likeness of Ann lost in translation and lack of time.
Yusuf works at the carpentry store opposite the gallery. He's happy to sit for his drawing. Ian draws Yusuf.

Elizabeth Günther and Jonah Sack

Elizabeth Günther draws Jonah Sack
Jonah draws Elizabeth

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Katherine Bull, Gabrielle Guy, and Toby

On the left Toby's drawing of Gabrielle. Toby (surname unknown) was visiting the gallery and was keen to join in. We thought it a good experiment. On the right is Katherine Bull's drawing. Two very different drawings made from the same description, each bearing its own uncanny resemblance to Gaby. Katherine and Gabrielle trade chairs. Toby leaves. While Stan's malevolent self stares from the wall.

Christo Basson and Stan Engelbrecht

Christo and Julia Basson
Christo Basson draws Stan

Christian Nerf and Morne Visage

the swap..
Morne draws Christian

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Coro Littlewort, Lizza Littlewort and Trasi Henen

Lizza Littlewort did the describing of her sister Coro Lizzlewort to me. First time I was in the drawing chair. Great.
and then we swapped...

Peter Eastman and Pierre Fouche

Pierre swaps positions to draw Pete