Dissection of a Drawing


1) Create drawing called Defunct Artifact #5 using ink on paper.

2) Leave on edge of desk, near walkway and microwave.

3) Studiomate will accidentally spill coffee on drawing.

4) Take drawing home and tack on the wall above the toilet and next to shower for a few months. Wait for the drawing to get messed up even more (2 small boys frolicking in bathroom helps).

5) Bring drawing back to studio and trace it.

6) Transfer trace image to same size/type paper as original drawing.

7) Cut out trace image and take the pieces surrounding image (like jigsaw puzzle pieces) and carefully glue them onto original messed up drawing around contours of image (the first photo with knife demonstrates the results of this step).


8) Take knife and cut out parts of image that were smeared by coffee/bathroom frolicking. At this point all coffee stains and smear marks should be gone and you are left with a collage-drawing with holes in it (click on any image to see full size).

Defunct-Dissection  Defunct-Dissection4

9) Take pictures with iPhone app called TurboScan and post to blawg with a list of steps taken thus far.

10) Write in blawg that you will update later with next steps for finishing drawing.

Update #1:


11) Stain sheet of blank paper a royal blue, then cut and paste behind holes.

Update #2:


12) Stain sheet of blank paper a light, baby blue and trace on original image using tracing paper from step #6.

13) Just like step #7, cut out trace image on baby blue paper and take the pieces surrounding image and glue them onto original messed up drawing around contours of central image.

14) Shape edges of paper to fit contours of glued pieces and glue small pieces of baby blue paper onto baby blue areas where the color was damaged from gluing in last step.

15) Cut out a few last spots and put royal blue underneath. Put layers of matte medium on back to seal pieces.

16) Write title and sign on back. Pin up on wall and observe. Done.

Calling all List Makers!


Attention all you old-fashioned folks who still write things on paper: I’m starting a project that involves the collection and display of paper lists of all shapes and kinds (“to do” lists, grocery/shopping lists, etc.). I’m not sure exactly what form it will take yet, but ideally I’d like to cover a large wall with them. If you’d like to participate, please save the lists you make and then send them to me. Now, just to clarify, I need your “used” lists (i.e., lists that were made for a real and specific purpose but are now done), please don’t make up fake lists for this project. Also, once you send them they will become part of my art project, so they cannot be returned (why would you want them back anyway?).

Send your lists by December, 2013, via paper post to:

Trevor Tubelle, Attn: List Project, 1890 Bryant, #311, San Francisco, CA 94110


Summer 2013 classes

I’ll be teaching these two classes this summer 2013:

Stanford Continuing Studies Program:

City College of San Francisco:

For more information about these classes you can follow the links or email me.