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Sketchbook Porn

Sketchbook Porn: Robert Hardgrave

 

One gets the feeling that Robert Hardgrave never sleeps—or at least never stops working. Whether integrating textile, Xerox transfer and his own remixed drawings and photographs, or just scribbling with markers on notebook paper, his paintings constantly mash mediums and pulse with an energy of line and color. Consistent throughout his abstractions are the mysterious suggestion of figures, skylines and primative hieroglyphs that at best flirt with legibility.

“I use my sketchbook as a way to exercise,” Hardgrave says. “It is a mindless activity that sometimes yields good results—but good results are not my intention. The process helps me design a space without too much effort, which aids in creating dynamic compositions when it matters. Often I cannibalize the marks into larger works through photo copies, by either shrinking or enlarging the images. Most of the time I am riding the bus or waiting for something else when I work in my book. Most of all I use a sketchbook because it’s fun.”

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