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Drawing Estrangement

in Oase Journal
Issue 105 - Practices of Drawing
Spring 2020

Edited byBart Decroos, Véronique Patteeuw, Asli Çiçek, and Jantje Engels with contributions by Gregorio Astengo, Mariabruna Fabrizi, Richard Hall, Merlijn Hurx, Leonidas Koutsoumpos, Francesco Marullo, Helen Thomas, Jurjen Zeinstra.

Focusing on El Lissitzky’s Prouns and Josef Albers' Structural Constellations, the essay meditates on the estranging nature of axonometry, considered not as a mere technique of representation but as a project of awareness and emancipation. Their reversible architectural compositions disentangle the observer from conventional mechanisms of vision, producing drawings for understanding more than seeing, questioning more than persuading, distancing more than passively consuming, within and against a society that transforms everything into an accumulation of spectacles.

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