"Installation of portrait drawings at the Incident Report Viewing Station in Hudson, New York." Incident No.42 includes portrait projects by Peter Walsh (drawings by seven Round Robin participants, on the left) & Kristopher Perry (on the right). Photo: Max Goldfarb.
Portrait Drawing Round Robin (Ongoing)
Collaborative Drawing Projects
Organized by Peter Walsh (USA)
***** Trade School
139 Norfolk Street,
New York, NY 10002 Saturday, February 20, 2010
University of Trash,
Long Island City, Queens
Saturday, July 25, 2009
What's a "Portrait Drawing Round Robin"?
Participants get together for a few hours to create portrait drawings of each other and construct a wall sized portrait “matrix” of the completed drawings. Lots of things go on in this process and the completed grids are mesmerizing. The Round Robins create a unique kind of group portraiture that turns the traditional power relationships of portraiture on their head.
The Portrait Drawing Round Robin form was created by artist Peter Walsh in 2009.
How does it work?
Step One: Each participant exchanges portraits with partners seated across a long communal table. First one participant draws their partner, then the other. As the bell rings, they move one seat over at the table, greet a new partner and do another set of timed portraits.
Step Two: When the round robin is completed,
participants create a wall-sized grid: portraits of the participants horizontally, portraits by them vertically.
Self-portraits fall in a diagonal line from the upper left to the lower right.
Step Three: Participants discuss the completed drawings and the process of exchanging portraits,
evaluating the multiplicity of values created. Does a likeness of an individual emerge in a series of
portraits by many hands? Is one drawing better than another or do they work best as a group? How is
the drawing exchange different than the system of one artist drawing one model?
"Drawings from the Incident Report Round Robin In Hudson New York, " 2011. Photo: Peter Walsh
"Drawing Portraits at Trade School," 2010. Photo: Peter Walsh.
"Round Robin participants at Trade School," 2010. Photo: Peter Walsh.
"Exchanging Portraits inside the University of Trash installation at Sculpture Center," 2009. Photo:
"Round Robin Participants at the University of Trash at Sculpture Center," 2009. Photo: Peter Walsh.