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.
In his practice, Sean Sullivan adopts a distinct series of limitations to evokes simple mechanical processes. For example, limitations in early recording technology overlaid musical performances with otherworldly tones—atmospheric conditions beyond the artist’s control. Similarly, Sullivan uses a primitive transfer process that “records” in paint the lines and forms of his drawings—as well as capturing unpredictable marks of chance.
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.More