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William Anastasi
Trespass, 1991
Wall removal with stone
1414 Monterey, 2nd floor

This work is on the wall between the old fireplace and the window. Anastasi picked up a stone from the sidewalk outside and rubbed and scratched at the surface until some of the paint (and even some of the wall itself) came off. Anastasi calls this kind of drawing a "wall removal."

Whether making marks by adding to the wall or scratching part of it away, with eyes opened or closed, Anastasi is still drawing.


William Anastasi
January 13, 1989, 10 minutes, 6B
Graphite
1414 Monterey, 2nd floor

One day, Anastasi was taking a ride on the New York city subway to play chess with a friend across town. He had his drawing supplies with him, so he taped a piece of paper to a board, put the board in his lap, held a pencil in his hand touching the paper, and closed his eyes. Then he let the bouncing and tilting of the subway car move the pencil. The drawing that he made on the way to see his friend that day was – in a way – a drawing of his trip.

 

When William Anastasi took art classes at school, he learned to draw in the regular way – with his eyes open, looking at the paper. He wondered what his drawings would look like if he didn't use his eyes, so he began to experiment. He discovered that he liked drawing this way, and even liked the drawings themselves better than when he looked at what he was doing.

Sometimes Anastasi will tie a piece of cloth over his eyes like a blindfold and take a pencil in each hand, drawing for a specific length of time. He calls these his "timed blind drawings." That's what he did at the Mattress Factory.

For one drawing, called April 15, 1989, 32 minutes, 4B, he held a 4B pencil in each hand. With his eyes covered, he moved from one end of the room to the other for exactly 32 minutes, marking the wall in big, sweeping movements as far as his arms could reach.

 

William Anastasi
April 15, 1989, 32 minutes, 4B
Graphite
1414 Monterey, 2nd floor

 

William Anastasi
American, born 1933


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