a 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.
office of surrealist investigations
The Office of Surrealist Investigations began out of the surrealist drawing game of exquisite corpse and explorations between the surrealists and the Black Dahlia murder. Drawing queues from Art Spiegelman's narrative corpse, the drawing games have opened up this process further and into other media through collaborations with artists and non-artists resulting in zines and gallery exhibitions. If you wish to take part please contact us.