Five Minute Drawing, McCall

I am interested in drawing as a record of events, places or times, performative traces where the process informs or becomes the drawing.

Anthony McCall's Five Minute Drawing was first performed at Art Meeting Place, London, in 1974. Standing in front of the wall, he stretched a string to make a long diagonal that approximates the length of his outstretched arms and then snapped the string coated in a dark pigment which left it's trace on the wall. The drawing took roughly five minutes to make hence the title. McCall has said  “This drawing is one of a number of works in which I explored the idea that the unfolding of the idea, the process of execution, is the object,”

Anthony McCall continues to perform his 'Five Minute Drawing' such as at the opening of the exhibition 'Time Out of Mind' curated by Todd Levin at Sprüth Magers in Berlin 2011 or The Whitechapel Gallery Drawing and Thinking Exhibition 

Further Reading On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century  By Cornelia H. Butler, M. Catherine de Zegher, Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), and Anthony McCall: Notebooks and Conversations published by Lund Humphries. 

You are here Collaborative Drawing

You Are Here was a journey drawing project inviting visitors to the gallery to map their journey by what they remembered of roads or markers on route to here...

Richard Serra on Drawing

Richard Serra is, for me, one of the contemporary masters of drawing in his words

"to see is to think and drawing is another way of thinking."

I like the way he thinks and there are some great video interviews with Serra published online about the importance of drawing in his practice, here's just a few I found particularly illuminating.

Richard Serra on drawing as visual note-taking 2:27

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Artist Richard Serra discusses his sketches of a Le Corbusier building in Ronchamp, France, as an example of an architectural space that has inspired him.

A Conversation with Richard Serra 53:04 

Richard Serra on his Drawing retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 13, 2011 - August 28, 2011, with Magdalena Dabrowski and Lynne Cooke.

Richard Serra on his Drawing  23:52

Richard Serra talking about his Drawing retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  with Charlie Rose, april 2011 on HBO. Rose is completely out of his depth and verges on insulting with his hopelessly stupid questions however despite the interviewer Serra remains eloquant and inspiring.