WORDS DRAW PROJECT UPDATES

In May 2014 I established the WORDS DRAW blog to chart the development of my, and fellow Artists in Residence Boedi Widjaja (Singapore) and Angela Gooliaff’s (Canada), time at DRAWInternational (DRAW), France through May – July 2014.

On this blog you can find an archive of photographic material, and commentary, documenting this period and the artistic processes at DRAW.

As we near the end of the year, please now refer to my main site (www.writingthevisual.wordpress.com) where you will find updates about my project, news of the other artists and any collaborative works that have stemmed from this activity at DRAW – such as Angela and my current series ANT v ART.

For details of Boedi and Angela’s current individual practices, please do take a look at their websites:

BOEDI WIDJAJA http://boediwidjaja.com/

ANGELA GOOLIAFF http://angelagooliaff.com/

And if you have any questions regarding the WORDS DRAW project – please do get in touch with me!

Altair Roelants

writing.visual@yahoo.com

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A Drawing Show (Singapore) featuring BOEDI WIDJAJA!

Boedi Widjaja is currently in the group exhibition A Drawing Show (1 August – 14 September) curated by Louis Ho at Yeo Workshop, Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Along with fellow Singaporean artists Ian Woo, Wong Lip Chin and Bangkok-based artist Jaitip Jaidee.

Widjaja’s featured work includes a selection of the prints and drawings he developed from the textures of Caylus during his residency at DRAWInternational in May 2014.

A snapshot of some of the processes informing Widjaja’s current exhibition are captured on this blog.

‘A Drawing Show is an attempt to provide a concise take on the medium in Southeast Asia today, a view of the realities and possibilities of drawing. From pencil-on-paper works, to structural interventions, to conceptual approaches to mark-making, we witness a progressive shift away from the object to the body, from an emphasis on the visual complex to the gestural force that animates it…Widjaja’s rubbings, produced while on residency in a medieval village in France, are explorations of texture and history’ YEO WORKSHOP Website

Please take a look at the Yeo Workshop website for details and if you happen to be in Singapore this month, do visit this great show!

www.yeoworkshop.com

Boedi Widjaja, Wallpaper detail_1 (2014) Part of Installation comprising 9 drawings, glass sheets, brick and video. Image Courtesy of Yeo Workshop.

Boedi Widjaja, Wall Paper _detail 1 (2014). Part of an installation comprising nine drawings, glass sheets, brick and video. Image Courtesy of Yeo Workshop.

The end of the line at DRAWInternational

These images were taken during Canadian artist Angela Gooliaff’s and my last day together on our residencies at DRAWInternational (DRAW).

I took the majority of the photographs in Angela’s studio minutes before she packed up all of her fabulous drawings – to stop them from crawling off the page! After DRAW, Angela travelled through France with family and has now returned to her home town of Vancouver where she’ll continue to develop the body of work she created at DRAW and, of course, she’ll be busy making new drawings!

It was great to share and discuss ideas (and walk!) with you Angela during our time at DRAW, and I look forward to more conversations and collaborations soon.

To view Angela’s portfolio, please visit the artist’s website:

www.angelagooliaff.com

And the top image shows my (very) empty studio at DRAW – my final days as writer in residence didn’t create a particularly messy studio for me to clear up…piles of notebooks, pens and laptops are always easier to pack away than grapple with huge rolls of paper!

Following my residency at DRAW, I am remaining in France to continue working on my arts writing practice and this project – so please check back here for details.

And thank you John & Grete McNorton – DRAWInternational’s founders and directors – for a very rewarding, interesting and stimulating two months learning about the rich and fascinating world of drawing.

My empty studio at DRAWInternational

My empty studio at DRAWInternational

Angela in front of  her studio wall and a selection of her drawings

Angela Gooliaff in front of her studio wall and a selection of her drawings

The wall

Angela Gooliaff’s studio wall

Me photographing Angela's works

Me photographing Angela’s Gendarme sketches – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

Close up of the Gendarme sketch by Angela Gooliaff

Close up of the Gendarme sketch by Angela Gooliaff

More photography

More photography – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

A view from DRAW's studio window  - a drawing made by Angela Gooliaff

A view from DRAW’s studio window – a drawing made by Angela Gooliaff

Me photographing Angela's floor based works

Me photographing Angela’s floor based works – photograph by Angela Gooliaff

Some spiders - drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Some spiders – drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Angela making some last drawings at her studio table

Angela Gooliaff adding final touches to some drawings at her studio table

Drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Drawing by Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the WORDS DRAW blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Drawing the Obsessive

Below are some photographs of recent works in Angela’s studio in which she has been expanding her insects in size, exploring mark-making techniques, working with art historical schemas and self-made drawing instruments that attempt to capture the essence of a spider’s movement.

The final images in this post show a series of small ‘writing studies in ants’ that Angela has created in response to pieces of my experimental art text. Angela uses repetition, multiples and parody and the visual metaphor of the ant as a vehicle to investigate human behaviour, specifically our need for communication, connection and conformity.

And following on from our time at DRAW, Angela and I will be collaborating on a text/drawing project – more details to come soon!

Drawing  - Angela Gooliaff

Drawing – image by Angela Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff - Drawing from a distance

Angela Gooliaff – Drawing from a distance

Drawing by Angeal Gooliaff

Drawing by Angeal Gooliaff

Angela Gooliaff studio image

Studio – image by Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text  - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Responses to text - Angela Gooliaff

Writing study in ants – Angela Gooliaff

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Najac, Toulouse & Saint-Antonin Noble-Val Market…A week of local outings and poetry!

This week I have been taken on a few great trips by hospitable locals and friends Michel, Nathalie and Colin – thank you all!

To Najac in the Aveyron which is often cited as one of the most beautiful Medieval hilltop villages in France (although I am more a Caylus fan!). Najac is lovely, and impressively situated being perched on a forested ridge above the Aveyron river and the village’s main street climbs up to the La forteresse royale de Najac built in 1253 by Alphonse de Poitiers. Toulouse – for an afternoon of walking, relaxing, vintage cloth shopping, art and conversation – a buzzy but relaxed and attractive city. Finally, I couldn’t resist a few foodie pics I took at the bustling Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val Sunday market.

As well as exploring, back at DRAW I have been researching and experimenting with Epistolary poetry techniques – poems as letters – hence the grinning photo of me in front of a very old post shop in Najac!

Me in Najac

Me & the letters of Najac

Najac

Najac

Nijac street view

Najac street view

La forteresse royale de Najac

La forteresse royale de Najac

Nijac - More figurative window hooks

Najac – More figurative window hooks

Najac

Najac

Detail of stone relief on water fountain in Nijac

Detail of stone relief on water fountain in Najac

Hillside vegetable plot in Nijac

Hillside vegetable plot in Najac

Old postcard of Nijac - artist unknown

Old postcard of Najac – artist unknown

Rooftops in Toulouse

Rooftops in Toulouse

...the view over Toulouse from the other direction

…the view over Toulouse looking in the other direction

The banks of the Garonne, Toulouse

The banks of the Garonne, Toulouse

Toulouse river

The Garonne in Toulouse

Garlic in the Saint Antonine  market

Boxes of garlic in the Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market

Giant slabs of Nougat - Saint Antonine Market

Giant slabs of Nougat! – Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market

Giant blocks of cheese - Saint Antonine

And giant blocks of cheese! – Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val market

Gendarme & Cage

A couple of updates from DRAW…

As you can see from these latest images, Angela’s beautifully detailed drawing of the Gendarme is really beginning to take shape. Here are few glimpses of the work in progress as the Gendarmes spread across the paper – it’s been fascinating to watch!

Now I’m spending more time writing in my studio the posts about my work look far less exciting…luckily I have a great artist and views to make this blog look good!

This week (over the hallway), I have been researching and writing poetry and John also reintroduced me to John Cage’s Notations which I haven’t read since art school – so to read it again now, in the context of my writing practice here at DRAW, has given Cage’s work new resonance for me.

Quote from Notations

Quote from John Cage’s – Notations

Detail - Angela Gooliaff's work in progress

Detail – Angela Gooliaff’s work in progress

Angela Gooliaff drawing

Angela Gooliaff drawing

Detail - Angela Gooliaff's work in progress

Detail – Angela Gooliaff’s work in progress

A walk to get inspired

A walk to get inspired

John Cage's - Notations

John Cage’s – Notations

Research at the DRAW dining table

Reading Cage at DRAW

A break - Angela in a tiny church's tiny doorway

A break – Angela in a the tiny Notre-Dame des graces tiny doorway

A break - enjoying the church's outlook

A break – me enjoying the Notre-Dame des graces outlook

Adventures from the last week…

Morning sun in a corn field

Wake up! – morning sun in a corn field

Light print - on the floor inside Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Light print – floor inside Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

The peacful Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

The peacefully majestic Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Alaine Volut installing his fabulous exhibition inside the Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Interior shot – Alain Volut installing his fabulous exhibition L’HOMME PREMIER (14 June – 28 September) Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beau;ieu-en-Rouergue

Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

A pretty perfect picnic spot

A pretty perfect picnic spot

And back at DRAW...our first BBQ of the year thanks to head chef John

And back at DRAW…our first (and delicious!) BBQ of the year thanks to Head Chef John

Amazing views

Amazing views

Taking shade

Taking shade during a 12km hike in the sun

Wild woods

Wild woods

More wild woods

Wild woods

Wild woods 2

Wild woods

Fields of yellow

Fields of yellow

A local Dolmen

An historic local Dolmen

Studio time & Chafer the beetle!

In contrast to May – where I worked off-site a lot and with Boedi – this month I am focusing on the acts of writing, drawing and performativity through both practice based exploration and research here at DRAW.

Angela is also enjoying her quiet studio space here at DRAW and is busy developing a drawing of the unusual red and black Gendarme beetle which is common, and well known, in Caylus and the surrounding area. As well as being visually striking – Angela is interested in the Gendarme’s behaviour which involves them clustering together in groups.

So in June there will be more studio time captured on the WORDS DRAW blog…For starters, here are some images taken over the last few days of Angela and myself at work.

And introducing Angela’s rescue (rescued by John from the DRAW garden) Rose Chafer beetle – Chafer – that flew away today after four days of rest.

I have a feeling that June will see this blog crawling with bugs rather than stones!

Angela's rescued beatle Chaffer - photograph by Angela.

Angela’s rescued beetle Chafer – photographed by Angela.

Me drawing in my studio

The ‘writer’ is finally drawing

Me drawing in my studio

Me drawing in my studio

My sketches and notes

Some of my sketch experiments and notes

Sketch detail

Sketch detail

Skylines

Skylines – view from my studio window

Angela at work

Angela at work in her studio at DRAW

A Gendarme beetle by Angela Gooliaff

A Gendarme beetle by Angela Gooliaff

Angela's rescued beatle Chaffer

Chafer examining the work – photographed by Angela

Angels in her studio

Angela in her studio

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

In search of donkeys & giant wasps…

Vancouver based artist Angela Gooliaff is DRAWInternational Artist in Residence for June 2014.

Angela’s practice employs insects to ‘explore parody, exaggeration through multiples and vulnerability—more specifically, the silent space between comfort and discomfort’.

Angela arrived in Caylus last week – here are some images taken during one of my guided (kind of…when I’m not getting us lost!) walks of the local area.

To read more about Angela’s fascinating work – please visit the About the Artists page of the WORDS DRAW blog.

Angela feeding a greedy grey donkey

Angela feeding the bossier of the two donkeys

The less confident black one

His less confident friend

Very inquisitive!

Very inquisitive!

Angela photographing a giant wasp we spotted on a walk

Angela photographing a giant wasp we spotted on a walk

The wasp

THE wasp

Unless otherwise stated – all photographic and written content on the Words Draw blog is copyright Altair Roelants.

© 2014 Altair Roelants

Another busy Saturday in Montauban!

After seeing Boedi off at the train station (thanks for picture and comment Boedi!) and having coffee with Stephane and Sylvie (thank you!), I had another Saturday out in Montauban and finally made it to the great market and wonderful Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun.

Me in Montabaun botanic gardens

Me in Montauban botanic gardens

Montauban reflected

Montauban reflected

Finally made it to the Montabaun market

Finally made it to the Montauban market – great local produce

Some of the extensive bird collection at The museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the extensive bird collection at The museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A little kiwi at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A little kiwi at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the Australian birds at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

Some of the Australian birds at the Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A very interesting and detailed photographic book of the taxidermy - The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A very interesting, and detailed, step-by-step photographic book of taxidermy! – The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A fascinating historic article about the use of Elephants in the local area as farm labour - The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun

A fascinating historic article about the use of Elephants in the local area as farm labour – The Museum of Natural History Victor-Brun