Blood, sweat, and felt markers

Blood, sweat, and felt markers

Can we arrive at irrational logic? David Byrne, straight from his sketchbook, shows us how with what was published by McSweeney’s as Arboretum:

[Drawing/diagrams (mostly) in the form of trees are an] eclectic blend of faux science, automatic writing, satire, and an attempt to find connections where none were thought to exist — a sort of self-therapy, allowing the hand to say what the voice cannot. Irrational logic, it’s sometimes called. The application of logical scientific rigor and form to basically irrational premises. To proceed, carefully and deliberately, from nonsense, with a straight face, often arriving at a new kind of sense. The world keeps opening up, unfolding, and just when we expect it to be closed — to be a sealed, sensible box — it shows us something completely surprising.

And just like that, and she was.


[Image: History of Mark-making, 2002. “Sort of like borrowing the evolutionary tree format and applying it to other, often incompatible, things. In doing so a kind of humorous disjointed scientism of the mind heaves into view.”]