Anthrokinegraph III

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Anthrokinegraph III

Steel, hardware, tape, charcoal on paper. 20’x9’

2016.

Anthrokinegraph is a word I invented to describe the mark made by a human body
in action. Anthrokinegraph III is a drawing of the body, how the physical
circumstances of a drawing define the result. For this piece, a nine-foot by twentyfoot
sheet of paper is hung on the wall of the gallery. A two-inch flat metal ledge is
mounted along the upper edge of the full length of paper. To make the drawing, I
coated myself with charcoal, then traversed the metal ledge the length of the paper,
hanging by my fingers. As I inched and swung along the wall, my motion is
recorded on the paper in dark smudges as a drawing.

The physical challenge of making Anthrokinegraph III demands acute physical
awareness in the moment and causes the mark making to be experiential and
kinesthetic, escaping analysis until the action is complete. The action is not a
defiance of gravity; it is an illustration of its incredible force, the futility and
necessity of our struggle to live with it. Through the body, we collectively
understand this struggle.

The wispy dark marks of the drawing itself disguise the physical exertion. They
hang, light and airy on the wall, resembling something cloudlike, a drawing of mist
or smoke. The observer’s ability to recognize the action determines the read of this
piece. Aware of the physicality, the work is an action of struggle, but unaware, the
drawing represents a floating feeling, as if gravity did not exist at all.

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