Late Night Sketch Tales II
3 October 2019 - 5 November 2019
'Late Night Sketch Tales ii' is a follow up to the extremely successful exhibition, 'Late Night Sketch Tales' in October 2018.
The first collection comprised of a 22 piece architectural hand styled drawing series, capturing some of Christopher's favourite buildings and landmarks in Cape Town.
The second collection, Late Night Sketch Tales ii, is a series building on that style. This series however differs somewhat by intensity of hatch and style. Here, Christopher captures the subjects (buildings and public space) in a more ethereal light where the boundaries between the tangible nature of architecture and public space are blurred by the intangible realms of the imagination and mind.
"Each image is almost an ode to the imaginative nature with which I conjure and envision architecture to be almost a dream state construct put onto paper and hopefully one day built."
The sketches in essence are a play on abstract realities. The striking contrast between light and dark is also meant to evoke a sense of these realities - that of conscious and unconscious. As Christopher perceives it, they play heavily on the ephemeral nature of the mind.
As these are more abstract than exact architectural representation, they rely heavily on the hand to move freely without using rulers. So, once the basic geometries have been referenced from the subject, he lets his imagination go to work. Layer after layer after layer. As a collection, each piece never completes itself without beginning the next. The works therefore never develop in isolation from one another. They must be viewed as a collective whole with each piece as one metaphorical piece of a puzzle.
"At any given time, I may bounce between 2-5 drawings - to keep the conceptual nature of the works as true to 'ephemeral' as possible. They in essence may appear to the eye to be rather manic, but this is deliberate. Like my own thoughts they need to be stimulated by the next adventure, the next drawing, the next goal or image."
The series, aptly titled "Late Night Sketch Tales", was built over the course of the year during the late hours of each evening spent sketching. A culmination of a body of work more aligned with the practice of something you believe in and allowing that process to be your solace.
"This is the time I am the most honest, most at home, immersed in my music."
Participating: Christopher Ian MacClements
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