Drawing into Space

David Griffin

About the Artist

I make drawings of passage and time, looking for the right question. I understand drawing as a thinking practice, building bridges between languages. In drawing things out, we can imagine, annotate, and propose pasts, presence, and futures. Currently Assistant Professor at OCAD University in Toronto, I have presented my research and drawings around the world, including at RMIT in Melbourne AU, Cambridge University in the UK, and The New School in New York.

About the Works

I will present a project that tests our capacities to comprehend the world’s complexities by means of the reductive graphics we work with every day as designers, engineers, and artists. By directly engaging with realities that simply cannot be made easier to understand through their use, this project challenges natural laws in a context of Western models of representation, specifically geometrical drawing and diagrams. The work will at least demonstrate something about our love of building and re-building the architecture of our imaginative lives.

In 1735, Leonard Euler presented a solution to the practical problem of whether a route could be plotted to cross each of seven bridges in Königsberg once. His negative solution used the simplest of mark-making strategies to resolve a conceptual problem. Euler did not actually cross the town’s bridges, but used them to resolve questions of connectivity, after which diagrammatic representations can be seen as the restructuring of logical problems to allow for inductive reasoning, for fruitful application beyond theory.

But what if such a working graphic has as its target something that is simply incomprehensible? What are the upper limits of the logic of such diagrams? The work I present will lay out the experience of developing and implementing a program of cosmic drawing, using Laser as the mark-making tool, and space itself as the support.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.