Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A few months ago, at Balboa Park's San Diego Museum of Art, there was a new and unique exhibit. An artist by the name of Hugo Crosthwaite had a small room to himself in which to show his large-scale drawings. And the best thing was, throughout the entire duration of the exhibit, he was there working on a piece live. People could stand there and watch him draw and create, and the museum purchased the end product.
I was fascinated by this when I walked in, not only for the museum showing DRAWINGS, which were wonderful, but by the fact that we, as the public, got to see a glimpse of an artist in action and his working process. I could see what utensils he used, HOW he used them, what type of surface he worked on, how be prepped it, how he fixed marks to the surface, etc etc......I had a hard time tearing myself away to go home.
In coming home, I looked him up online, and have recently gone back to his website. His work is a mixture of different drawing media - like charcoal and graphite - and he even can be seen in a time-lapse video of his working at the museum using a sprayed-on substance.......liquid graphite? Spray paint?? I SO want to know!!
I am just really inspired by him, his work, his use of combinations of drawing materials, and the size of his pieces. He has some great, informative links of his website, and I really urge you to at least go check out his work! He is showing at a local group show downtown:
Hugo's website: http://www.hugocrosthwaite.com/index.html