richard serra can draw

Drawing from Richard Serra sketchbook

Richard Serra: Untitled 1973

Richard Serra drawings and notebooks in the catalogue of Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective. Wonderful thick black slabs of weight and mass that alter space. In the book he talks about an early memory of walking around a Californian shipyard, where his father worked:

‘”I remember walking the arc of the hull with my father”, the image is of movement experienced directly, bodily […] movement drawn along an impending mass […] movement directed by the weight of an environment. [Serra] recalled how the tanker “bounced into the sea, half submerged, to then raise and lift itself and find it’s balance…Not only had the tanker collected itself, but the witnessing crowd collected itself as the ship went through a transformation from an obdurate weight to a buoyant structure, free, afloat, and adrift.”‘

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