Petra Varl’s Ink Drawing Series ‘A or B’; a Representation of Incertitude

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Presented by Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. at the fair, this series of ink drawings by artist Petra Varl represent dual possibilities or, in her words, “incertitude.”

This weekend I also happened to watch James C. Strouse’s movie People, Places, Things. There’s a scene where the main character, Will, (played by Jemaine Clement) shows his SVA students René Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images” to teach a lesson about the potential importance of words for graphic storytellers. Magritte’s painting is of a pipe accompanied by the text “This is not a pipe;” as he reminded his viewers, the painting was merely a picture of a pipe, not an actual pipe itself.

I like how both Strouse’s scene and Varl’s drawings remind us to stop and think twice, to imagine alternate possibilities.

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Petra Varl’s Ink Drawing Series ‘A or B’; a Representation of Incertitude