ron laboray studio
Drawing and Time:
“Matter of Fact Drawings”
“Little Richard’s Almanac” contains a series of drawings and paintings mirroring the mixed-up and rearranged condition of mass culture. This series “Matter of Fact” drawings utilizes found data from internet searches, satellite television channel guides, and random information obtained through advertising, social other public media, I see the drawings as historical documents recording current cultural conditions and archiving information for future social scientists and art historians.
These drawings represent points along a time lines that include common facts and known histories, science, collections describing our shared world, invented fictions and cultural myths, which compel hope and demonstrate important values.
The images within the drawings originate from photographic and painted images of important historical moments, scientific illustrations, pop culture elements like comic books, television, advertising and film, and visual information supporting myths, and conspiracy.
These pen and ink drawings operate using appropriated laws from science like “The Law of Superposition” which is a way to tell geological time. The older information, which came first in time, is on bottom and the newer more recent information is on top. Drawing traditions also lend to deciphering the time lines. Clarity and overlap are used in creating a since of time through distance, detail and sharpness.
In the end, the drawings frame a narrative of humanity and demonstrate the information and ideas that are current and accessible to most everyone. The drawings include those things we have in common like origins and final or prime examples, and the ideas, hopes and beliefs we share within myths, religion, science, and our idea of place and self. This series of drawings and the following series then informed several small paintings on canvas.