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‘Drawing Is the Best Video Game’: At a New School Lecture Tonight, Jeffrey Scudder Will Be Making Timed Drawings in Front of a Live Audience



As part of his lecture tonight at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Los Angeles–based artist Jeffrey Scudder will be creating three whiteboard drawings on the spot, each timed to be completed within a 20-minute period. As this happens, Scudder will be in conversation with Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel, the recipients of the 2015–17 Vera List Center Fellowship. This is to be the first in a series of “public encounters” at the New School overseen by Gollan and Sobel during their fellowship.

The lecture will use timed drawing to reflect on how to work within a system while also simultaneously exploring its boundaries. “I like to treat drawing as an act of consumption—drawing is the best video game because you can be the player and programmer at the same time,” Scudder, who currently teaches digital painting at UCLA Design Media Arts and has a website well worth checking out, told ARTnews today in an email. “As a kid I enjoyed changing the image of Mario on the screen, making him jump and move side to side. My way of drawing takes that idea to the max.” Tonight, as he draws, Scudder said he will be concurrently “explaining the intentions behind each decision.”

The event will be taking place in the lower level of the University Center, room U L105. Check out a video trailer below.

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