Drawn Out
Four 10 meter rolls of paper.
Each filled with 4 repeated hand-drawn lines.
10 million lines in total.
Completed in isolation over the course of a year.
Drawn Out, 2013 - 2015.
Dimensions: 10 meters x 2.5 meters.
Materials: pen on paper roll.
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Drawn out

Maxwell filled four rolls of paper repeatedly with the same motif of four marks that often appeared in his earliest drawings. The work is compiled of approximately 10 million hand drawn marks and was completed in isolation in the French Alps over the course of 368 days. By living alone and by drawing on paper in the same way he had when he was a child, Maxwell resorts back to a method of drawing without influence, through a process without distraction.

"For a year I've draw alone, exploring myself through these marks."

Because of the enormous amount of detail, from a distance the four large rolls of paper appear as single lines on the wall, causing the overall piece to take on a fractal pattern as the four rolls resemble the set of four lines that fill them.

A working journal for drawn out was completed over the course of the project – and can be downloaded here.

Biography English artist Maxwell Rushton (born August, 1989), graduated form Leeds College of Art in 2012, with a 1st Class Honours in Fine Art. Maxwell's distinct and diverse artistic practice covers a broad spectrum of themes and a wide range of mediums. Through physically becoming a brand by painting 20 pints of his own blood into a logo in 'Buy In Bleed Out,' or spending a year in isolation constantly drawing a set of four marks repeatedly for 'Drawn Out,' Maxwell is quickly establishing himself in the art world.


StatementMaxwell recent solo exhibitions include MMX Gallery (London), West London Art Factory (London) and Cellar Shows (Leeds). His work has been shown in group exhibitions such as BCN Art (Barcelona), The Brick Lane Gallery (London) and Hoxton Basement (London). He is represented by Contemporary Collective Gallery and lives and works in London.

Other works by Maxwell Rushton...

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Dust Sheet #1, 2012
Dimensions: 1,600 mm (height) x 1,600 mm (length)
Materials: Used cotton dust sheet with stitched logo stretched over frame.

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Dust Sheet #3, 2012
Dimensions: 2,260 mm (height) x 2,260 mm (length)
Materials: Used cotton dust sheet with stitched logo stretched over frame.

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Counterpart #1:
Dimensions: 1,800 mm (height) x 2,500 mm (length)
Materials: Oil stick, pen, household and metallic paint on canvas.