Subway Series #1, 2012

Ink on laser prints
120 x 85,5 cm

Subway Series #1 and #2 2 are the result of an accurate process of re-drawing and blackening the original drawings I did on a notebook I carried along when I was travelling by subway. I started doing that because I wanted to expand certain apprehended drawing dynamics and to transcribe whatever was coming to my mind in a more automatic and less reflexive manner. Changing the work context, from my studio to the underground trains, facilitated that process. A year and a half later the notebook was filled with images with weird morphologies. On one hand I wanted to continue working on the already existing drawings but on the other, I did not want to loose or modify the odd morphologies that had appeared. Therefore I came up with the idea of making laser prints from the notebook sketches, preserving the stage in which the originals were and at the same time making it possible to continue drawing on the xeroxes of the same size (8,3 x 5.9 inches). So I drew on the photocopies and photocopied the new addition again in succesive stages until the image was altered to a degree that what was originally drawn on the notebook was no longer recognizable. I repeated this process for 32 different drawings from the notebook, with the idea to arrange them on panels. That is how Subway Series #1 and Subway Series #2 were created. The panels are composed of 32 units organized in pairs. Each pair is the last and second-to-last photocopy of the same drawing, and each of them is unique because part of it has been drawn by hand. The two compositions share a certain cinematographic appearance like that of a storyboard or visual script.