LARRY R. COLLINS: Pandemic Drawings


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David Carrino writes:

Larry Collins didn’t decide in advance which of his possessions he was going to draw; there were no hierarchies in terms of utilitarian objects versus some of the fine art or antiques he’s collected over the years. Nothing was chosen for its symbolic or sentimental associations. Why spend days drawing the glass of water, but not the toothbrush? Why draw the Christmas cactus, but not the fin de siècle Egyptian Revival stained glass lamp? He drew each thing as if he was seeing it for the first time; in isolation, all he saw was form, volume, light and shadow. He wouldn’t pick the next object until the previous drawing was completed. Then he would scan the room, waiting for the next thing to “jump out at me.”