Joe Graham

visual artist and drawing research

Pardes, 2014

Pencil and biro on paper, 15 x 21cm

Series ongoing

The Specious Line, 2013 - ongoing
Biro on A4 paper, 25 x 25cm. 
Produced with the aid of a metronome.
"If we think back, now, to our question, "How does man arrive at time?," we can see that access to an answer is opened through the analysis of the formal structure of our experience. It’s investigation has revealed that the present - and thereby, our consciousness - lies like a saddle thrown over time, on which we sit, and from which we gaze Janus-like, into the past and into the future.”                                                      
Ernst Poppel, Mindworks, 1988
The ‘specious present’ is the now that characterises our subjectively experienced point of departure for understanding temporal conscious flow. The past does not appear to exist for us in the same way, nor does the future.
As a draftsman, I am interested in the idea that drawing a line takes time. Although it is produced through a ‘point that moves’, it cannot as an act be reduced to a mere instant. As such, it provides the artist with a unique method for stipulating the ‘IS’ across a moment in time.

The Specious Line, 2013 - ongoing

Biro on A4 paper, 25 x 25cm. 

Produced with the aid of a metronome.

"If we think back, now, to our question, "How does man arrive at time?," we can see that access to an answer is opened through the analysis of the formal structure of our experience. It’s investigation has revealed that the present - and thereby, our consciousness - lies like a saddle thrown over time, on which we sit, and from which we gaze Janus-like, into the past and into the future.”                                                      

Ernst Poppel, Mindworks, 1988

The ‘specious present’ is the now that characterises our subjectively experienced point of departure for understanding temporal conscious flow. The past does not appear to exist for us in the same way, nor does the future.

As a draftsman, I am interested in the idea that drawing a line takes time. Although it is produced through a ‘point that moves’it cannot as an act be reduced to a mere instant. As such, it provides the artist with a unique method for stipulating the ‘IS’ across a moment in time.