Projects > Keeping Track of Time, 2021-22

Project Description:

For much of his life, Philip Brou has maintained practices as both an artist and amateur runner. He runs at least every other day. It serves as both a physical and meditative practice.

Running was especially important during the tumultuous year of 2021. During this year he made a drawing documenting every single one of his runs. There are a total of 197 drawings. The drawings are modestly scaled, roughly the size of the artist’s footprint. They are executed in ink wash and in an amount of time approximately equal to the time it takes him to go running. The date, which also serves as the title, is written in the lower right corner of each piece.

The drawings record locations momentarily encountered while on the move. These locations are often parking lots, views of the road, public boat launches, and other places that are more utilitarian than picturesque. These humble and typically overlookable locations allow for a consideration of the processes at work and bring attention to temporal subject matter such as weather, time of day, and seasonal change.

While running, the artist thinks about qualities of drawing such as light and composition. Conversely, while drawing, the focus is on running and rendering visible qualities such as cadence and stamina. This reciprocity blends the physical, metaphorical and meditative processes of each practice. The metronomic rhythm of running one day and drawing the next stitched together a time that felt otherwise fractured. The artist views the project as a type of clock that processes days by both running and slowing down; creating a very specific way of keeping track of time.

May 2
2021
May 4
2021
May 5
2021
May 7
2021
May 10
2021
May 12
2021
May 14
2021
May 16
2021
May 18
2021
May 20
2021
May 22
2021
May 24
2021
May 26
2021
May 28
2021
May 30
2021
June 1
2021
June 3
2021
June 5
2021
June 7
2021
June 9
2021
July 2
2021
July 4
2021
July 6
2021
July 8
2021

Each Drawing is:
5.625" x 10"
ink on 140lb. hot pressed Arches Aquarelle