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drawings on writing
Roland Topor (1938 -1997)
title page from book 'souvenirs'
A small book that has all text barred
De Harmonie- Amsterdam


drawings on writing
second page from the book
Alphabet schema
-a key to the history of mankind-
by David Diringer - volume 2


drawings on writing
Serge Onnen
Mondonnen
pencil on paper-2007
{21 x 21 cm)


drawings on writing
Marcus Raetz
page from sketchbook
Schreiben- 1973


drawings on writing
Christian Dotremont (1922-1979)
Drawing on Finnish newspaper
1965


drawings on writing
anonymous
N (like in Necro?)
German 17C


drawings on writing
Kellon Tomlinson
Dance notation
Groundplan with figures, 1727


drawings on writing
Etruscan tablet


drawings on writing
Carl Ferrero
2007


drawings on writing
Trisha Brown
1976
on the bottom of the drawing is the alphabet, all the lines refer
to the place in the text about movement.


drawings on writing
Robert Walser (1878-1956)
In the beginning of 1929, Walser, who had suffered from anxieties and hallucinations for quite a time, went to the Bernese mental home Waldau, after a mental breakdown, at his sister Fani's urging. In his medical records it says: "The patient confessed hearing voices." Therefore, this can hardly be called a voluntary commitment. While in the mental home, his state of mind quickly returned to normal, and he went on writing and publishing. More and more, he used the way of writing he called the "pencil method": He wrote poems and prose in a diminutive Sütterlin hand( Sütterlin for short, is the last widely used form of the old German blackletter handwriting ("Spitzschrift"). In Germany, the old German cursive script developed in the 16th century is also sometimes called Fraktur the letters of which measured about a millimeter of height by the end of that very productive phase.) Werner Morlang and Bernhard Echte were the first ones who attempted to decipher these writings. In the 1990s, they published a six-volume edition, Aus dem Bleistiftgebiet ('From the pencil area'). Only when Walser was, against his will, moved to the sanatorium of Herisau in his home canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, did he quit writing. Another reason might have been that with the rise of the Nazis in Germany, his works could no longer be published in any case. (source Wiki)
drawings on writing
Seven kinds of shorthand
The Lord's prayer in Gregg and a variety of 19th-century systems
Shorthand is an abbreviated and/or symbolic writing method that increases speed or brevity of writing as compared to a normal method of writing a language. The process of writing in shorthand is called stenography, from the Greek stenos (narrow) and graphē (writing). It has also been called brachygraphy, from Greek brachys (short) and tachygraphy, from Greek tachys (swift, speedy), depending on whether compression or speed of writing is the goal. Many forms of shorthand exist. A typical shorthand system provides symbols or abbreviations for words and common phrases, which allow someone well trained in the system to write as quickly as people speak.
Shorthand was used more widely in the past, before the invention of recording and dictation machines. Until recently, shorthand was considered an essential part of secretarial training as well as being useful for journalists. Although the primary use of shorthand has been to record oral dictation or discourse, some systems are used for compact expression. For example, health-care professionals may use shorthand notes in medical charts and correspondence. Shorthand is also common in the food service industry, allowing wait staff to write down detailed orders without delay.
(Source Wiki)


drawings on writing
Tiago Estrada
2005 pencil on paper


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing – called "Shakers" – originated in England in the mid-eighteenth century and soon centered around the person of Ann Lee (Mother Ann, or Mother Wisdom, or simply Mother), who became "the reincarnation of the Christ Spirit … Ann the Word … Bride of the Lamb." The group practiced communal living and equality of the sexes, along with a reputedly complete abstention from sexual intercourse. After persecutions and jailings in England, Ann brought them to America in 1774, where for many years they thrived on conversions, reaching a maximum size of 6,000 before their demise in the twentieth century.

Strict believers in celibacy, Shakers maintained their numbers through conversion and adoption of orphans. Turnover was very high; the group reached maximum size of about 6,000 full members in 1840, but now has only four members left.

Between 1837 and 1850 ("known as the Era of Manifestations") the Shakers composed (or were the recipients of) "hundreds of … visionary drawings … really [spiritual] messages in pictorial form," writes Edward Deming Andrews (The Gift To Be Simple, 1940). "The designers of these symbolic documents felt their work was controlled by supernatural agencies … – gifts bestowed on some individual in the order (usually not the one who made the drawing." The same is true of the "gift songs" and other verbal works, and the invention of forms in both the songs and drawings is extraordinary, as is their resemblance to the practice of later poets and artists.

This drawing is a very long prayer that was used in services
N.B. "To be sure, the term drawing is a misnomer, because the Shakers did not use it themselves when they were referring to these works. In the few Shaker documents in which the gift drawings are mentioned, they are typically referred to as sheets, rolls, signs, notices, tokens of love, presents, rewards, hearts – sometimes prefaced by the adjective sacred. This definition focuses on the function of the works as gifts from heavenly spirits, rather than on the form in which the gifts were materialized. In fact, the gift drawings often include titles, captions, inscriptions, and extended texts, in English as well as in scripts written in indecipherable tongues, that place them on an uninterrupted continuum with other manifestations of belief, such as inspired writing, ecstatic movement, and spontaneous speech, especially in the form of song." (Thus: France Morin, in Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs, The Drawing Center, New York, and UCLA Hammer Museum, 2001 – a book packed with generous examples, from which those shown here have been extracted.)
(source wiki & ubuweb)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing (detail)


drawings on writing
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, NYC


drawings on writing
FBI document
Unkown master 1948


drawings on writing
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
first version of 'trois contes; la Legende de saint Julien'
Bibliotheque nationale de France


drawings on writing
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) first version of 'trois contes; la Legende de saint Julien' Bibliotheque nationale de France


drawings on writing
Napoleon Bonaparte
Document written in code by Napoleon to his minister of war
Musee des lettres et manuscipt, paris


drawings on writing
Roland Topor
Lettre to monsieur
1964


drawings on writing
Dominic McGill
Courtesy Derek Eller gallery


drawings on writing
Dominic McGill
Courtesy Derek Eller gallery


drawings on writing
Tanja Smit
Drawing on El Pais
2005


drawings on writing
Kinke Kooi
Courtesy Features inc. NYC
Oh, Soul
2006


drawings on writing
Voebe de Gruyter
coiffeur islamique
2006


drawings on writing
Roland Barthes 1915-1980
Contre écriture adressée a R. Sulger-Buel


drawings on writing
CIA
Confidencial document from the Contemporary Infotainment Artschool


drawings on writing
Quran Calligraphy
Turkish 16C


drawings on writing
Henri Jacobs
journaal tekening 2006
Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam


drawings on writing
Christopher McNulty
20,534 Days
2006
18" x 18"


drawings on writing
Xu Bing
Landscript 2001
Ink on Nepalese paper


drawings on writing
Unknown
french roman-achitecture font


drawings on writing
Unknown
french roman-achitecture font


drawings on writing
John Seddon
1695
UK


drawings on writing
Unknown 1943
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Pre-computer Ascii art


drawings on writing
 


drawings on writing
French Rebus 1859
These extremely difficult rebuses where very popular in illustrated magazines around 1840-1890.
This one means; L'homme qui tient la table pendant quatre heures en sort la panse arrondie'
What is in French something like; "si l on passe beaucoup de temps a table, on ne doit pas s etonner d'avoir un gros ventre !'
What is in English something like; 'The man who spends a lot of time at a dinner table should not be supriced to leave the table fat'
The man who holds the table during 4 hours. (he says- 'I will drop it at noon')
En sort- coming out (note the old 1859 walking with a stick)
La panse - Lapancha - Don Chixote helper
Arrondie- Un rond d'i - a cirle of i's


drawings on writing
Shakers giftdrawing
The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing – called "Shakers" – originated in England in the mid-eighteenth century and soon centered around the person of Ann Lee (Mother Ann, or Mother Wisdom, or simply Mother), who became "the reincarnation of the Christ Spirit … Ann the Word … Bride of the Lamb." The group practiced communal living and equality of the sexes, along with a reputedly complete abstention from sexual intercourse. After persecutions and jailings in England, Ann brought them to America in 1774, where for many years they thrived on conversions, reaching a maximum size of 6,000 before their demise in the twentieth century.

Strict believers in celibacy, Shakers maintained their numbers through conversion and adoption of orphans. Turnover was very high; the group reached maximum size of about 6,000 full members in 1840, but now has only four members left.

Between 1837 and 1850 ("known as the Era of Manifestations") the Shakers composed (or were the recipients of) "hundreds of … visionary drawings … really [spiritual] messages in pictorial form," writes Edward Deming Andrews (The Gift To Be Simple, 1940). "The designers of these symbolic documents felt their work was controlled by supernatural agencies … – gifts bestowed on some individual in the order (usually not the one who made the drawing." The same is true of the "gift songs" and other verbal works, and the invention of forms in both the songs and drawings is extraordinary, as is their resemblance to the practice of later poets and artists.

N.B. "To be sure, the term drawing is a misnomer, because the Shakers did not use it themselves when they were referring to these works. In the few Shaker documents in which the gift drawings are mentioned, they are typically referred to as sheets, rolls, signs, notices, tokens of love, presents, rewards, hearts – sometimes prefaced by the adjective sacred. This definition focuses on the function of the works as gifts from heavenly spirits, rather than on the form in which the gifts were materialized. In fact, the gift drawings often include titles, captions, inscriptions, and extended texts, in English as well as in scripts written in indecipherable tongues, that place them on an uninterrupted continuum with other manifestations of belief, such as inspired writing, ecstatic movement, and spontaneous speech, especially in the form of song." (Thus: France Morin, in Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs, The Drawing Center, New York, and UCLA Hammer Museum, 2001 – a book packed with generous examples, from which those shown here have been extracted.)
(source wiki & ubuweb)


drawings on writing
BOVRIL advertising 19C-
'Bovril, a warm beefy drink' (irish red bull?)
Very popular during the Boer war and Second World War
They have history of very weird advertising check out here
(The one with the bovril-map I unfortunately discovered after the book went to print)


drawings on writing
BOVRIL advertising 19C-


drawings on writing
BOVRIL advertising 19C-


drawings on writing
BOVRIL advertising 19C-


drawings on writing
Chinese Calligram
Unknown period


drawings on writing
James Lee Byars (1932-1997)
Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam
Postcard from Venice to his amsterdam gallery.1988
(Note that the address is very incomplete; No house number, no zipcode)


drawings on writing
Allan Graham-Toadhouse
Courtesy -Features Inc. NYC
2006; graphite on paper; 33 x 44 "


drawings on writing
Benoit Plateau
Courtesy Galerie  Aline Vidal, Paris
Les galaxiens,2006
photo under plexiglass 207X137cm


drawings on writing
Juli Gudehus
The familiar story of the Creation is told by the author in the visual language of the 20th century.
Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers
ISBN-10: 3907044517


drawings on writing
Korwa Drawing 1997
Courtesy Drawing Centre NYC
A tribe in Central India


drawings on writing
Altagor
Courtesy l’Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
(pseudonym of Jean Vernier) formerly a mechanic and miner, now writer of thrillers, created "Métapoésie poetry composed of invented words, therefore abstract. Sounds french, but isn't.


drawings on writing
Altagor
Courtesy l’Enseigne des Oudins, Paris


drawings on writing
Tanja Smit
Drawing on El Pais
2005


drawings on writing
Gordon Terry
Courtesy G-module Paris
2004


drawings on writing
Jaap Blonk
Musical score


drawings on writing
Graffiti sketch
unknown artist,place or date


drawings on writing
Koufi style geometric Quran laid in bricks
Iran 1303, Isfahan


drawings on writing
Graham Gillmore
'I'm sorry your having problems'
Courtesy Vanina Holasek Gallery, NYC


drawings on writing
Vincent van Gogh
-october 2 1888
Crossed out part of a letter about money to his brother Theo.
[letter 696] notice the little landscape in the background


drawings on writing
Robert Walser (1878-1956)
In the beginning of 1929, Walser, who had suffered from anxieties and hallucinations for quite a time, went to the Bernese mental home Waldau, after a mental breakdown, at his sister Fani's urging. In his medical records it says: "The patient confessed hearing voices." Therefore, this can hardly be called a voluntary commitment. While in the mental home, his state of mind quickly returned to normal, and he went on writing and publishing. More and more, he used the way of writing he called the "pencil method": He wrote poems and prose in a diminutive Sütterlin hand( Sütterlin for short, is the last widely used form of the old German blackletter handwriting ("Spitzschrift"). In Germany, the old German cursive script developed in the 16th century is also sometimes called Fraktur the letters of which measured about a millimeter of height by the end of that very productive phase.) Werner Morlang and Bernhard Echte were the first ones who attempted to decipher these writings. In the 1990s, they published a six-volume edition, Aus dem Bleistiftgebiet ('From the pencil area'). Only when Walser was, against his will, moved to the sanatorium of Herisau in his home canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, did he quit writing. Another reason might have been that with the rise of the Nazis in Germany, his works could no longer be published in any case. (source Wiki)


drawings on writing
Carl Ferrero
2006


drawings on writing
Andre Masson 1896-1987
Chimeré 1944


drawings on writing
Lily van der Stokker
Difficult


drawings on writing
Olav Westphalen
Courtesy Maccarone Inc., NYC
(this english drawing should be pronounced with a german accent)


drawings on writing
Jaap Blonk
Musical score; Kré (hommage a A.A.)


drawings on writing
Leon Ferrari
Courtesy Drawing Centre NYC
Musica 1962


drawings on writing
Graham Gillmore
'I'm sorry your having problems'
Courtesy Vanina Holasek Gallery, NYC


drawings on writing
Anestis Logothetis (1921 — 1994)
these two scores belong on top of each other
Greek composer


drawings on writing
Anestis Logothetis (1921 — 1994)
these two scores belong on top of each other
Greek composer


drawings on writing
Cornelius Cardew (1936 —1981)
Treatise (1963-67),
a 192-page graphic score which allows for considerable freedom of interpretation.
Following the demise of the Orchestra, Cardew became more directly involved in left-wing politics and abandoned avant-garde music altogether, adopting a populist though post-romantic tonal style. He spent 1973 in West Berlin on an artist's grant from the City, where he was active in a campaign for a children's clinic. During the 1970s, he produced many songs, often drawing from traditional English folk music put at the service of lengthy Marxist-Maoist exhortations; representative examples are Smash the Social Contract and There Is Only One Lie, There Is Only One Truth. In 1974, he published a book entitled Stockhausen Serves Imperialism, which denounced, in Maoist self-critical style, his own involvement with Stockhausen and the Western avant-garde tradition.(wiki)
Cornelius Cardew was killed on the 13th December 1981, by a hit and run driver near his home in East London. There's been conspiracies about involvement from the British secret service.


drawings on writing
Marcus Raetz
Sketch for public sculpture in Bern
2002


drawings on writing
Kinke Kooi
Courtesy Features inc. NYC
MAN 2004
coloured pencil on paper


drawings on writing
Korwa Drawing 1997
Courtesy Drawing Centre NYC
A tribe in Central India


drawings on writing
Eva Onnen
2006- Letter to the editor from niece (6 years)
The similarities withe the Korwa tribe drawings are stunning


drawings on writing
Richard Niessen
2005-Eye-vi typeface designed for Jennifer Tee


drawings on writing
Leon Ferrari
1965


drawings on writing
Jaap Blonk
voice score
Transsiberian || Journey


drawings on writing
Unknown master
2007
For sale note found on street in Greenpoint-Brooklyn


drawings on writing
Robert Leighton
2007- Courtesy of The new yorker magazine/Cartoonbank


drawings on writing
Allan Graham-Toadhouse
This body is taking this mind for a walk
Courtesy -Features Inc. NYC
2006; graphite on paper; 33 x 44 "


drawings on writing
Alexandre Estrela
2003- Sometimes


drawings on writing
Unknown French
1900 - political cartoon


drawings on writing
Gothic font S
15 Century French


drawings on writing
Unknown internet
early ascii art
around 1987


drawings on writing
CIA
document-


drawings on writing
Shorthand typewriter
Passage from Hamlet, act three, scene one.
Is read from top to bottom and from left to right.


drawings on writing
Azilian signary
coloured pebbles from Mas d'Azil, Ariége.
If this is text, then this might be the oldest of the world
(France)


drawings on writing
Henry Chopin (1922-2008)


drawings on writing
Jost Ammann
Family Tucker
hyrogravure
1589


drawings on writing
Ronde Tarentelle
French 19C
Rondo Alligretti; The tempo should double after every round


drawings on writing
Dick Raaijmakers
KWARTET (1971)
Courtesy V2, Rotterdam


drawings on writing
Charles Vreuls
ink on cardboard 10 cm x16 cm


drawings on writing
Charles Vreuls
ink on cardboard 10 cm x16 cm


drawings on writing
Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle
from the "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" in which Sherlock decrypts these mysterious messages as text


drawings on writing
Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle
from the "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" in which Sherlock decrypts these mysterious messages as text


drawings on writing
Daragh Reeves
Jeans & T-shirts 2007


drawings on writing
Oorbeek /Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
music score 2007


drawings on writing
Earle Brown
Music score-December 1952


drawings on writing
Bernard Requichot 1929-1961
'Lettre d'insultes 1961' les mots sont partis et les insultes restent'
Courtesy l’Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
'Requichot is a painter with a very nice ellidible written oeuvre; "ellidible-thank you lettre", "ellidible-lettres to artdealers", "ellidible-insulte lettres", "ellidible- lettre to art amateur" and "ellidible-lettre to framer"


drawings on writing
Jean Luc Parant
Courtesy l’Enseigne des Oudins, Paris
"autoportrait 1998"


drawings on writing
Jani Christou 1926 - 1970
score; Enantiodromia
www.janichristou.org


drawings on writing
Jeremy Everett
detail from;
All the declarations of war all the treaties of peace written in recent history
2007- Courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles


drawings on writing
Jeremy Everett
detail from;
All the declarations of war all the treaties of peace written in recent history
2007- Courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles


drawings on writing
Daragh Reeves
the teenager question 2007


drawings on writing
Guy Richards Smit
New York Times drawings 2005
Courtesy FRED (London)


drawings on writing
Guy Richards Smit
New York Times drawings 2005
Courtesy FRED (London)


drawings on writing
Quran caligram
unknown period and location


drawings on writing
Anneliese Coste
Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam


drawings on writing
Anneliese Coste
Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam


drawings on writing
Ana Hatherly
Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon


drawings on writing
Shin Moij-e Tsukushi 1751-1764
Fireworks
japanese


drawings on writing
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Jersey. Victor Hugo, lived in exile in Jersey from 1852 to 1855 after getting into trouble with Napoleon |||


drawings on writing
Kellom Tomlinson
Dance notation 1727


drawings on writing
Dick Raaijmakers
KWARTET (1971)
Courtesy V2, Rotterdam


drawings on writing
French Rebus 1859
These extremely difficult rebuses where very popular in illustrated magazines around 1840-1890.
This one means; "En general les enfants ont peur de l'eau"
'in general children are afraid of the water' (in french these words all sound alike; l'eau, l'haut, l'os, lot)


drawings on writing
Max Ernst
drawing


drawings on writing
Paul Noble
Public Toilet
pencil on paper
242 x 252 cm
1999


drawings on writing
Jaap Blonk
Rhotic - Fonetische etude nr.1


drawings on writing
13 different shortands
from antiquity till present day (pitman).
Shorthand is an abbreviated and/or symbolic writing method that increases speed or brevity of writing as compared to a normal method of writing a language. The process of writing in shorthand is called stenography, from the Greek stenos (narrow) and graphē (writing). It has also been called brachygraphy, from Greek brachys (short) and tachygraphy, from Greek tachys (swift, speedy), depending on whether compression or speed of writing is the goal. Many forms of shorthand exist. A typical shorthand system provides symbols or abbreviations for words and common phrases, which allow someone well trained in the system to write as quickly as people speak.
Shorthand was used more widely in the past, before the invention of recording and dictation machines. Until recently, shorthand was considered an essential part of secretarial training as well as being useful for journalists. Although the primary use of shorthand has been to record oral dictation or discourse, some systems are used for compact expression. For example, health-care professionals may use shorthand notes in medical charts and correspondence. Shorthand is also common in the food service industry, allowing wait staff to write down detailed orders without delay.


drawings on writing
Leon Ferrari
1979


drawings on writing
Carl Ferrero
2006


drawings on writing
Réne Daniels
Courtesy Gallery Paul Andriessen, Amsterdam
'Two i's fighting for a point under a rain of explanation marks'
Twee i's vechten om een punt onder een regen van uitroepstekens'