Wednesday, February 11, 2009

loveliness 49

This drawing from the trial of Omar Khadr kind-of blew my mind. His case is not at all lovely, which is perhaps why this picture is so striking, because it is. I think the idea of drawing as a record is very interesting, partly because there is so much variation and subtlety possible. And yet despite all of the stylization (is that a word?), there is so much accuracy and even truth that can be captured. This comes up in court and medical illustration, but also in war art. I was totally blown away by Richard Johnson's drawings from Kandahar, which were on at the textile museum for a while. 

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