Details:

This oil-transfer drawing was created by saturating a piece of paper with oil stick pigment and then drawing on the back of it with a ballpoint pen. The pigment is transferred to another piece of paper the artist puts underneath, resulting in a work that resembles a circuit board or an architectural plan.
Unframed

① Artwork:

Novelty Machine

This oil-transfer drawing was created in a process that mimics carbon paper. The artist saturates a piece of paper with oil stick pigment and then draws on the back of it with a ballpoint pen using a few elemental instruments—such as a ruler. This transfers the pigment to another piece of found paper the artist puts underneath, which becomes the final work. This labor-intensive process achieves dazzling results; the final drawing/painting looks similar to a circuit board or an architectural plan—and can also evoke early European abstract art.

Sullivan's practice frequently involves adopting a distinct series of limitations. The primitive transfer process he used to create this work draws inspiration from the process of early music recordings; technological limitations during that period resulted in works often overlaid with unintentional yet otherworldly tones. Sullivan's oil-transfer process “records” in paint the lines of his drawings, while also capturing unpredictable marks of chance.

Specs:

10 inches
8 inches

③ Artist:

Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan’s work exists at the intersection of several media, including painting, drawing and writing. The artist places a piece of found paper face down on top of a color transfer sheet marked with oil stick, and then makes a drawing on the reverse side of the found paper with a ballpoint pen; each color in a finished piece is represented by a different sheet of oil transfer paper in a sort of hybrid process of drawing and printmaking. Sullivan’s compact works are similar to haiku, as they are created through a specific set of procedures and parameters, yet ultimately become limitless in their deft play.

Sean Sullivan:
Novelty Machine, 2021
Oil on kitikata paper
8.0 × 10.0 inches /
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