office of surrealist investigations

Manipulating Chance


July 2015


corpse one-hundred seventy | don’t eat the paint chips

sharpmfp@kag.bc.ca_20150713_200216_007theyr’e much better for collage.

corpse one-hundred sixty-nine | don’t think draw, did I do this write?

sharpmfp@kag.bc.ca_20150713_200216_006a number of years ago, while on a field trip to a foundry for a weekend while at art school, a bunch of us had dinner at a local diner and began passing our paper placemats around and drawing on them. Some of my class mates would stare blankly while others went right to work. The ones that took a minute or looked blankly a the blank page asked how those of us came up with stuff so readily. For some it was habit or a style or a character they had drawn for years. I believe this is one of the first times I consciously considered the idea of Don’t Think Draw. It was a matter of not thinking and just putting pen to paper. In some cases it was copying the placemat design or details and continuing from there. I believe that is what was happening in the middle section of the corpse as I had business cards strewn all over the desk.


corpse one-hundred sixty-seven

sharpmfp@kag.bc.ca_20150713_200216_001Not that it matter all that much, but here again is another corpse where people didn’t quite follow the lines or add directly to them.

corpse one-hundred sixty-six | ransom note?

sharpmfp@kag.bc.ca_20150713_200216_002You may have noticed an old typewriter in images from my office. I left a sheet of paper in it, and let people type away as they please. I believe the text began at the grand opening and was added to throughout the exhibition. Not too bad considering the age of the typewriter. Might be time for a new ribbon, though.

Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-10

corpse one-hundred sixty-five: canucks and such

sharpmfp@kag.bc.ca_20150713_200216_003In the aftemath of my exhibition this was found amongst my files. I believe this was a drawing put together for and etching project I was invited to take part in. If I remember correctly, I was given a title and asked to respond or maybe I was reliving some older Canuck goals.

Show’s over, nothing to see here…

oh, one more thing.

nothing to see here

the physical office is closed for now, but the case continues…


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