"New York Close Up" Art21: Louise Despont Drawing Deep

June 19, 2014

"Artist Louise Despont uses architectural stencils to create intricate pencil-on-paper drawings in her home and studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Working between a small desk and her bedroom floor, Despont’s daily practice, with a limited set of tools, yields surprising discoveries. "To be focused and dedicated to doing one simple thing can perhaps be the most transformative thing," says the artist, "That as narrow as it is, it can be infinitely deep." This film documents Louise Despont and her assistant Nicole Wong over the course of six weeks as they create "Mediated Polarity and the Third Property" (2014), a multi-panel drawing on antique ledger book paper. Looking through her private notebooks, Despont reveals how years of experimentation with collage, ink blots, and freehand drawing led her to the incredibly refined process she uses today."

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