Travelling Without Moving ?

I have no idea whatsoever what kind of music Neal D Rolinson, the creator of these figurative  pen and ink images  listens to, but I can hear the music of Jamiroquai  playing in the background as I write this. So, the notion of  Travelling Without Moving comes to mind when looking at these dynamic drawings . There is a sense of movement, fast and sharp, before halting abruptly within a framework of lines which are architectural in their execution.   Screenshot 2017-06-19 at 21.27.46

Some images reveal a simple gesture, a twist of the body, a flow of the arm. We can see the point at which a decision was made to begin a particular movement, it leads us towards a paused moment of stillness, where we notice the arm,wrist and fingers in mid flight . We are looking at a still image but its almost a reflex action to proceed and visualise the continuation of such a gesture.  Screenshot 2017-06-19 at 21.25.18

Shaky, scratchy lines uncertain and visceral float in space, such work draws you in, time and time, sketches that you can really get into, loose yourself and return to again to enjoy.

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Based in the UK, Neal has only recently returned to drawing after a period of absence and you get that sense of someone seeking to find their way into the picture . What you see is a process in action, viewing the experience of making marks here and there, revealing the structure of a figure in motion.

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The eye scans, following diagonals down or up, hopping onto horizontals and drifting through entangled patterns loosely woven that lead out into open spaces.

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Looking through such work, I am left wondering if Travelling Without Moving is really  such an apt title to introduce this work but it was a starting point, where that journey goes, is another matter. Perhaps Still in Motion may have been better title, the images however speak for themselves. The room in which I now write this has become silent, for quite a while in fact and that’s all the better for looking at these images.


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