KASHINATH CHAWAN (1950, INDIA)
Kashinath Chawan draws in ballpoint pen on torn cardboard or pieces cut out from salvaged shoe boxes, or else on used pieces of paper found on the floor.
Chawan does no sketches or preliminary drawings: his first lines are light and imprecise. These he then builds up by repeating them in little dash-like jerks atop of each other, so that they gradually form an ever more intense line that goes on to acquire stability and a cursive flow. Using a simple ballpoint pen, Chawan invents a technical system that leads to graphic plays, to subtle half-lights and to the effects of relief and materiality, in a production that is as soft as it is mysterious.
1) Ganesh, u.d. © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
2) Untitled, u.d. © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
3) Untitled, u.d. © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Bio from: Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne