Drawing in the Dark

“Untitled (Contemplation of the Chrysanthemum)” is a series of drowsy, sun-drunk works on paper that Cy Twombly produced between 1984 and 2002. Art work © Cy Twombly Foundation / Photograph by Jeff McLane / Courtesy Gagosian.

… As a young artist living in Georgia, he spent nights alone in a dark room, teaching himself to draw without the meddling of his eyes. Unlearning is still a kind of learning.

(Jackson Arn)

(Jackson Arn, “Cy Twombly, the Content Painter,” The New Yorker, 2-7-23)

I subscribe to Arn’s assertion that unlearning is learning. Twombly’s work has great appeal, and the notion of his practicing sightless in a dark room is endearing. Removing our lying eyes from drawing seems a beginning.

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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4 Responses to Drawing in the Dark

  1. Well that’s an interesting idea – I will have to rethink my assumptions about what drawing is. Is it a representation of the seen, or something that comes out of your consciousness? Or a representation of something you have looked at some time? Or just a doodle? Hmmm… Thank you!

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    • JMN says:

      Drawing for me is a muddle. I like to think about it, and try to goad myself into doing more of it. This odd orientation of Twombly’s adds to my dawning assumption that our eyes deceive us in a certain respect, or perhaps I should say our brains deceive us, as to what we think we see. You can see how confused I am! I need to spend more time drawing and less thinking about it! Your art always inspires me.

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  2. Jim, you’ve opened a can of worms. I think we’re all going to have to try it.

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