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February 2005: Simon Webb // Selector
The drawings in this show are part of an ongoing project that explores the
drives and music to affect us emotionally and aesthetically. Made by using
pencils as drumsticks while drumming to - mainly indie - music, these
process drawings are defined by the length and style of music, my ability
as a drummer, and the amount of control (or lack of control) I have in the
process of tapping pencil to paper. Each mark relates to a beat in the
song, and most of the drawings are the sum of an album.
They are performed to the best of my ability to music I often know beat
for beat, but throughout there is a kind of negotiation between being
absorbed or lost in the .otherworldly. abstract dimension of the music,
and the urge to make something tangible on paper. As a result the drawings
often hint at recognisable images as they are allowed to develop during
the course of the songs. Made through a partially subconscious process,
they also give a nod to the automatic drawings of Andre Breton and early
surrealism, and to the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux.
As a consequence the drawings tread a line between a romanticised poetic
interpretation and utterly prosaic description of the music. In one sense
they are just fields of activity registered by the pencil, repetitive in
nature. However, guided by titles often taken from the music itself, the
images at the end of the process can be identifiable or suggestive of
The drawings here feature the music of Yo La Tengo, Pixies, Outhud,
Talking Heads, The Stooges, Neil Young, AC/DC, and others.