“BoyPool”: Rhizome (1998-1999) 150cm x 100cm Pen and pencil on paper
My Drawing (2000) called BoyPoolRhizome used in various Deleuze and Guattari inspired publications and tattoos:
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used as Cover art for: The Polyphonic Machine: Capitalism, Political Violence, and Resistance in Contemporary Argentine Literature. (2018). By Niall H. D. Geraghty. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2018.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used for PhD cover art. ‘science and technology studies, spatial politics and future making’. Requested by Dan Kristian Kristensen. 2017.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used for PhD cover art . The power of form: Swarming resistance in cyberspace’. Requested by Imogen Armstrong SOAS. 2016.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used in Degrees of mixture, degrees of freedom: genomics, multiculturalism and race in Latin America, By Professor Peter Wade, British Academy Wolfson Research Professor. Published by Duke University Press. 2017.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used for: The Words of Others: Remembering and Writing Genocide as an Indirect Witness. By Caroline D. Laurent. (Used in defence of her PhD at Harvard University – Department of Romance Languages & Literatures). 2017.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome used for a conference on Radical Democracy at The New School for Social Research. Requested by Signe Larsen – The New School for Social Research in New York. 2016.
• Boy Pool Rhizome used for ‘Contemporary Art in Coffee Shops’ Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Requested by Mary Clare Rietz. 2016.
• Becoming Rhizomatic used by Bibliothèque publique d’information (public library), in the Pompidou Center, Paris, for their online magazine, Balises. Requested by Fabienne Charraire. 2018.
• Drawing Boy Pool Rhizome to be used as a tattoo. Requested by Jasmin Degeling. 2017.
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Comment by Ed Leenders:
Replying to Marcin Kedzior like you describe the drawing with your knowledge of Deleuze it looks as if this work directly explains his philosophy.
For sure you know Deleuze’s book on Bacon, there he makes a difference between figure (with f) and Figure (with F) that expresses the intensity of the visible.
Can there become an appearance of a Figure in this drawing above?
Reply by Marcin Kedzior Hi Ed, I’m not completely familiar with that distinction–small f is static representation and subjectivity, capital F is forces that might arise from material, physicality, or other things? If that’s the case then YES! Here the striking thing is the multiplicity of unraveled bodies and the primacy of multiplicity before any single static body is individuated. Note the subtle grid (or more like nets of subjectivity) that underpins it and some very precise transversal diagonals. So if I am reading Figure correctly, the movement beyond the singular, contained body and possibilities of forming collective bodies is what this drawing points to for me.
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Mark, I am a former art educator, current higher education faculty, and am working on my doctorate in education. My dissertation is looking at the journeys of art educators’ becoming (Deleuze). This will be investigated through a rhizomatic lens. Your drawings are not only pictorially perfect for the rhizome, but they also represent the concepts of the rhizome. When you step back and look, other images come to light. I would love to use these drawings in my presentation and my dissertation. Of course, I will credit you using APA citation. I would also be interested in learning more about your interest in rhizomatics.
I would be delighted for you to use any of my drawings, which have become more rhizomatic over the years since they were made! I guess the more I see that becoming deleuzoguattarian is even more important as an art and design educationalist, the more assemblage like they also seem to become?
It would be great to read your thesis when completed as this is also a great interest of mine. I am collating art and design eduction books that reference Deleuze and Guattari.
Good luck with the research.
Dr Mark Ingham
Reader in Critical and Nomadic Pedagogies
FRSA, SFHEA & UAL Senior Teaching Scholar
Design School Teaching and Learning Innovation Lead
London College of Communication/UAL
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