Pencil Drawings

Rue Des Martyrs

Slowly, from left to right, I inscribe a sharp but almost imperceptible pencil line across the surface of the paper, with the aid of a metal ruler. I always draw this horizontal line in exactly the same relation to the bottom of the page, so as to replicate the same procedure enacted upon all previous drawings. Unfortunately, I often find that each page has not been cut quite square, so the next line, a vertical one, is drawn with the aid of a set square, with which I apply two guiding pencil marks. I then take up again the metal ruler and draw a fine pencil line between these two points. Upon the page are now two lines crossing to form an off centre axis, which inhabit the lower right hand part of the page.

Apart from the first two or three drawings I inscribe, all subsequent drawings are drawn in direct relation to each other. It is in this sense, that each drawing is done almost simultaneously, with a constant flicking between pages, so as to ascertain what a line applied to an elevation, will appear like in plan or section. Each drawing, although appearing as a discrete element upon each page, is nevertheless one of a series of inter-related mediations, existing within the covers of a book, which is the final piece, and not the individual drawings themselves. This linear relationship of one drawing to another, forming a complex matrix of fragments, which delineate the projected object, is one of the fundamental characteristics of architectural drawing, which are always seen to exist in parenthesis.

Graphite on paper on aluminium, 45 x 54 cm, 2005 Graphite on paper on aluminium, 45 x 54 cm, 2005 Graphite on paper on aluminium, 45 x 54 cm, 2005