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Spare, AO - Automatic Drawing

Spare, AO - Automatic Drawing

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ut of the flesh of our mothers come dreams andmemories of the Gods.
Of other kind than thenormal inducement of interest and increasing skill,there exists a continual pressure upon the artist ofwhich he is sometimes partially conscious butrarely entirely aware. he learns early or late in hiscareer that power of literal reproduction (such asthat of the photographic apparatus) is not more than slightly usefulto him. He is compelled to find out from his artist predecessors theexistence, in representation of real form, of supersessions ofimmediate accuracies; he discovers within himself a selectiveconscience and he is satisfied, normally, in large measure by theextensive field afforded by this broadened and simplifiedconsciousness. Yet beyond this is a region and that a much greater
 
one, for exploration. The objective understanding, aswe see, has to be attacked by the artist and asubconscious method, for correction of consciousvisual accuracy, must be used. No amount of visualskill and consciousness of error will produce a gooddrawing. A recent book on drawing by a well-knownpainter is a case in point; there the examples ofmasters of draughtsmanship may be compared withthe painter-author's own, side by side, and thefutility of mere skill and interest examined.Therefore to proceed further, it is neccesary todispose of the "subject" in art also (that is to say thesubject in the illustrative or complex sense). Thus toclear the mind of inessentials permits through a clearand transparent medium, without prepossessions ofany kind, the most definite and simple forms andideas to attain expression.
Notes on Automatic Drawing
An "automatic" scribble of twisting and interlacinglines permits the germ of an idea in the subconsciousmind to express, or at least suggest itself to theconsciousness. From this mass of procreative shapes,full of fallacy, a feeble embryo of idea may beselected and trained by the artist to full growth and power. Bythese means, may the profoundest depths of memory be drawnupon and the springs of instinct tapped.Yet, let it not be thought that a person not an artist may by thesemeans not become one: but those artists who are hampered inexpression, who feel limited by the hard conventions of the day andwish for freedom but have not attained to it, these may find in it apower and a liberty elsewhere undiscoverable. thus writes Leonardoda Vinci:-"Among other things, I shall not scruple to discover a newmethod of assisting the invention; which though trifling inappearance, may yet be of considerable service in opening the mindand putting it upon the scent of new thoughts, and it is this: if youlook at some old wall covered with dirt, or the odd appearance ofsome streaked stones, you may discover several things like
 
landskips (sic), battles, clouds, uncommon attitude, draperies, etc.Out of this confused mass of objects the mind will be furnished withabundance of designs and subjects, perfectly new."From another, a mystical writer, "Renounce thine own will that thelaw of God may be within thee."

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