It’s Moleskine Project time!
The Annual Moleskine Project is a yearly show curated by amazing artist (and fellow PRISMA Artist Collective member) Rod Luff. If you’re not familiar, go check out his amazing work right now, I’ll wait. Every year, he invites select artists to work one spread in a Moleskine sketchbook which, when finished, will be mounted and framed for the gallery opening at Hashimoto Contemporary.
A preface: I don’t sketch or draw in a sketchbook as a general practice.
Every time I do so, I end up wanting to develop the drawing further with inks, paint and the like. Unfortunately, since it’s a sketchbook, the pages generally don’t hold up to such robust materials. So, I usually work on individual sheets of heavier duty paper. This often leads to the mass of random drawings that are lying about, but it also is a bit of a safety net in case I get into the piece and want to go further.
When I was invited to the 4th installment of the annual Moleskine Project by Rod, I leapt into the challenge to use an atypical medium and try to figure out how to make it work. I chose to do two books this year. For one, I wanted to do a straightforward sketchbook ramble, with the pen deciding what the image will end up as (often what I usually do, but with an extra emphasis on keeping it not very planned out). I couldn’t help myself and had to break out some ink wash, in addition to simply ink pen on paper. This was especially tricky as the paper isn’t terribly forgiving, and tends to buckle pretty quick, which leads me to the second book…
The second was an attempt to go the complete other direction, gessoing the paper to handle some more beefy media. For that one, I ended up using collage, cut out paintings on paper, ink, paint, acetate, tape and even string. It was a fun way to push the medium and explore a new space as well as tackle some experimental themes I’ve been interested in lately. Both were a ton of fun for very different reasons, and I’m super pleased with how they turned out.
The show opens tomorrow at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco with an absolute killer roster of talent. Every year the show gets better and better, and this one was of course the best to date. So many amazing artists pulling out all the stops. I’m not kidding, it’s an intimidating group, filled with amazing boss level artists using everything from graphite to oil paint and even cutting up the Moleskine. I wish I could make the show, but if you are in the San Francisco area, you should make sure that you don’t miss it! Please contact Hashimoto Contemporary directly for any inquiries, and enjoy the show!