DRAWING: Use Bread as an Eraser?
When I saw this article in American Artist, I instantly thought of Jim Dine. At a workshop I took early Dec ’08 we watched a video of Jim preparing an exhibit for a German gallery of large wall drawings - charcoal works drawn directly onto the walls. I just loved it, for many reasons: He uses his hands and non art material related tools such as charcoal tied to a stick/rags/bread to erase, he was intuitive in his approach (the ultimate visionary), and that the art was temporary (to be painted over at the end of the exhibit).
‘Drawers used the soft parts of bread to erase marks made by lead, graphite, chalk, and crayon. Bread was readily available (except perhaps for the most starving of artists), and when it comes to erasing marks, the only important thing is strictly physical: The eraser component must be composed of molecules that are stickier than the molecules of the drawing surface so that the marking material is pulled away from the surface and adheres to the eraser.’
excerpt from Post Feb 24 2009 by Bob Bahr - American Artist
inage: Athena’s Night, Jim Dine, 1995
charcoal and isolated areas of pastel, 79 1/8” x 41”
ps. I really really want to draw on walls.