found abstract | no. 22

Can you guess what this is?  Hint:  It's from the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier, on the flight deck.  What interested me about this found drawing was the repeated cylindrical pattern, shadows inside the holes and the resulting stark black and white imagery.

With summer in full swing, family visiting and outdoor pursuits, my work in the studio, as well as blogging, has slowed.  Artists, what about you?  Does your work slow down in summer?  Do you take time out to regroup, go on holiday, work in your garden/yard during the hot months?  Or are you busier than ever in the studio?

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!


Pete Hoge said...

Missile rack?

Considering my patchy commitment
to any creation of visual images
I would say that the summer does
not effect my ,"art practice".

My mental health issues are what
determine creative output.

Chuck Close said that only those
who are amateur's wait around
for inspiration and professionals
work every day no matter how they
feel about their work.

I don't agree because not everyone
works the same way so that is kind
of a jerky comment.

Sometimes people spend months just
thinking about ideas and then they
work feverishly to make something
and the result is good enough to
justify, " time wasted".

plasticanimal said...

Back in the commercial art days I had to churn out stuff all the time, but to me, that's different, I was very detached from that stuff.

But the more I'm around creative people and places the more inspired I get.

I got my new camera and it has been so much fun to experiment and learn about it and what it can do. I've barely scratched the surface and the more I find out the more excited and inspired I become.

So for me, it does ebb and flow, depending on the input I'm getting at the time.

And what is that in your picture? Is it where they store ammunition?

Debu Barve said...

Interesting picture!

What a coincidence, I was just looking at pictures of outstanding sculpture by Gerry Judah! 'Jaguar E-Type'
made out of painted steel tubes. take a look.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Could you explain why this photograph is a 'found drawing' and not just an abstract photograph? I see a close-up picture of a structure, an interesting composition of abstract shapes and 3D forms? It makes more sense as a sculpture than as a drawing.

Thanks, this will really help with my thesis.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...


Good question! To answer your question, take a look at this, my first post of a "found drawing": http://stephanieclayton.blogspot.com/2010/11/found-drawing-1.html

And where I got the idea for a found drawing series:

I guess you could say these images are photographs of found drawings, and not actually "drawings" themselves, in the same way that a photograph of a painting is not the painting, but an image of the painting.

You know, I've considered re-titling them found "paintings" instead but something about that didn't click for me.

I hope this helps.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Pete, plasticanimal and Debu-

The object photographed is a rocket launcher attached to a helicopter. Saw it onboard the flight deck of USS Lexington.

Pete, thanks for your discussion on Chuck Close's comment. I do agree that that the mature professional artist doesn't wait around for inspiration but we also don't necessarily paint every single day. We all know there's a lot more to the art-making process than the execution of it. For instance, when not painting, I'm "working" things out in my head, planning and researching, teaching, admin tasks, visiting art venues and networking. I count all that as vital parts of my work. There's a holistic approach to being an artist than involves a lot more than actually being present in the studio for, say, 8 hours a day. I'd like to read more about Close's comments to get a better understanding of what he meant.

I didn't realize you had a commercial art background! Yes, I imagine it's very different from the fine arts arena. You are doing wonderful things with the camera these days.

That sculpture is really something! I had to look at the second image to understand that it, in fact, represents a car! Thanks for sharing that link.

Pete Hoge said...

Here is the Chuck Close comment in full which I probably misrepresented.


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Thanks for that link. I see that Chuck Close was mainly referring to young artists just starting their careers.