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Bang (bomb)

graphite on paper from an unfinished series (ca.1997)

This image is from a larger series of drawings that were based on great explosions of the 20th century. The intention was to devise a graphical lexicon that was immediately recognizable as modern without necessarily identifying as universal experiences. It was an important function of these drawings to be recognizable but not be relatable as pop or kitsch. The lexicon itself was to serve as the basis for a deeper look into the practical function and limits of collage. 
This particular piece was used as the preparatory drawing that was then transitioned onto a tabletop. The final image was executed with india ink and acrylic paint with some additional support from gel medium to extend the life and the body of the 2 water based mediums. When the final painting cured it was covered with an acrylic clear coat. 
The table itself was constructed from rough cut planks and repurposed plywood. It was situated in the 2nd floor kitchen at 1822 S Desplaines for a few years. Around the time that Canadian Thanksgiving Performance Art Group was active MD, ARH, and SV sat around this table making drawings for a proposed collaboration called, Bomb Shop. 
This drawing has since been lost.   

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