Sean Sullivan is a multimedia artist currently living in NY’s Hudson Valley. He paints, draws, makes prints, sculptures and poems with few and simple means. In the results, he aims at incorporating the conditions in which the works are made. Producing art becomes a process of recording, which adds the traces of chance to the author’s intentions . Ballpoint drawings show detailed sections of constructions or common use objects with traces of inhabitation and a further layer of symbols, marks, annotations and lines, adding abstraction to the otherwise realistic scenes. Other works are developed from an abstract composition in colored surfaces or black and white lines.
Sean Sullivan’s artistic statement:
I approach drawing and printmaking as a recording process akin to and inspired by early american photography and musical recordings. These early recordings allow us to not only experience the intention of the makers, what they thought and how they felt, but also the errant details of the atmospheric conditions in which they were made. Those marks beyond their control. Together, the limitation of technology and the weight of time produce artifacts of otherworldly tone and mystery. The process I employ attempts to invite similar unknowns. The drawings themselves are relatively simple in structure and execution. They are made quickly with a ballpoint pen, a ruler, and a homemade version of large scale carbon paper (oil paint applied to paper). The result is a primitive transfer process that ‘records’ in oil paint, not only the intended lines of the drawing, the ideas themselves, but just as importantly, the unpredictable marks of chance.
All images © Sean Sullivan