TOM MAZZULLO

INCANTATIONS

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When I started drawing letterforms, I was looking at actual, three-dimensional sign lettering salvaged from building demolitions and sold as decorations or as scrap metal. Looking at the letters as a simple still-life, I became interested in the proportional relationships between parts of a letter and the whole, and the rhythms found among the different forms as they appeared in arrangement. Later on, I saw that arranging these letters produced what could be seen as new and unusual words, a lost language of "incantations". Recent works repeat letters, creating new forms and rhythms. Later works in this series are drawn from type samples – raised letters on their characteristic blocky support – and having so few samples to draw, I imagine other letterforms based on the examples I have in my possession.

Cube³, 2016, silverpoint with white gouache on prepared paper, 16 x 16 inches (sheet size)

Cube³, 2016, silverpoint with white gouache on prepared paper, 16 x 16 inches (sheet size)

Pucker, 2016, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (sheet size)

Z Ring, 2013, silverpoint with white highlight on prepared paper, 12 1/4 x 14 inches. Private collection.

On n, 2013, silverpoint with highlight on prepared paper, 10 x 10 inches

On n, 2013, silverpoint with highlight on prepared paper, 10 x 10 inches

D-Tower, 2012, silverpoint on prepared paper, 15 x 12 inches

D-Tower, 2012, silverpoint on prepared paper, 15 x 12 inches

MMMMMMM, 2012, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 24 inches (sheet size)

MMMMMMM, 2012, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 24 inches

HERUM, 2006, silverpoint with white casein on prepared paper, 10 x 20 inches

HERUM, 2006, silverpoint with white casein on prepared paper, 10 x 20 inches

OU, 2010, silverpoint with white casein on prepared paper, 12 x 9 inches

OU, 2010, silverpoint with white casein on prepared paper, 12 x 9 inches

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