Chris Glynn – Illustrator and Absolute GeniusPosted: November 27, 2014
I’ve just came back from today’s constellation presentation presented by illustrator Chris Glynn. Two words. Mind Blown.
When I sat down in the lecture hall and was presented with this hyperactive absolutely insane character prancing around the stage and rambling the words of a man who has completely lost the plot, or as the giggling girls behind me thought, a man who was “obviously on drugs” I was skeptical about whether or not it was worth dragging myself out of bed for, especially as he began the lecture with the words “Perhaps we should reach out to the metaphysical.” and went on to ramble about the “angels of clarity and personification”.
But as the lecture went on, Glynn began to explain how nothing that has a start can possibly have an infinity and how there is always a gap between the drawing and the thing the drawing is representing I began to realise there was a lot more to his overly exaggerated persona and than I’d thought and that the lecture was, in fact, totally worth going to. And the more he spoke and danced around the stage the more I realised the act was purely that, and act. It was just a brilliant way of holding people’s attention, and I found it somewhat amusing how in a roundabout way, he explained his technique in detail to the audience and still, people didn’t seem to realise he wasn’t actually as mad as he was portraying himself to be. It was almost like he was mocking everyone, except for the few who were actually paying attention to what he was saying. He explained how, as children, we would see a table as a castle; the table isn’t representing the castle, neither is it pretending to be a castle, it IS a castle. And as adults, many of us have lost that imagination which meant we were able to blur the lines between fantasy and reality. I found this fascinating; the idea that reality is only what we believe it to be, if we believe a situation to be something then that’s what it is, despite what anyone else sees it as. The same goes for children with imaginary friends; although to everyone else these people are not real, to the child they are as real as the table in front of them because they have created them; their looks, their personality, their whole existence, and they believe them to be real. Glynn showed us a piece of his work, there were three characters, a simple arrow, a complex arrow and an invisible arrow, and he said it’s always good to have invisible characters because although they cannot be seen, they will always exist and have a part to play in the drawing.
Co-incidentally, this fits in nicely with the story I am working with for the book making project as the tagline to the film Ondine is “The truth is not what you know. It’s what you believe.” and although I like to think of myself as quite a logical, reasonable person, this lecture has encouraged me to consider my surroundings in a different way. And in a way, it’s comforting to know that I can always give a new perspective to a negative situation using Glynn’s logic.
A lot of the presentation was based on complexity in drawing and the amount of meaning behind complex drawings. Glynn explained how you can communicate a simple idea through a simple drawing or a complex drawing, but how it is more important to communicate complex ideas through simple drawings and if it is not possible to this, to effectively communicate a complex idea through a complex drawing.
He also went into how we as artists sometimes think that if we draw what we are thinking, it will automatically be communicated to the audience, however like there is always the gap between the thing and the drawing of the thing, there will also always be the gap between a thought and a representation of that thought. When in reality, it isn’t the image that matters, it is the intention behind the drawing. Which I think is something we should all apply to our lives in general, it isn’t the outcome that matters, it is only our intentions that are important. For example; we could produce a brilliant piece of work, or a speech, or a product, but what’s the point if there isn’t any meaning to back it up? There’s no point in eating if you’re not hungry…
I’ll probably update this when the presentation is uploaded and I can listen to it all over again, but until then I will leave you with this, have an imaginary drawing of a dog horse. Because although you can’t see it, I know it is real, and therefor it is.