TOM MAZZULLO

Two-part Inventions


The title is meant as a reference to the compositions of the same name written 300 years ago by J. S. Bach. In those short pieces, there are two contrapuntal melodic voices that intermingle and relate to one-another to make complex harmonies. In the drawings in this show, one part of each still-life is a paper object, and the other part is a flat, geometric diagram placed under the object. The diagrams always relate to their paper objects in some way – either the object is a three-dimensional projection of the design, or the diagram has a structural or geometric relationship to the object. In some cases the shadow cast by the object adds a third element to the two-part invention. These drawings are done in silverpoint, an old drawing medium that uses a silver stylus to mark on coated paper. Silverpoint initially looks like hard graphite, marking with a fine line perfect for cross-hatching and subtle gradations; eventually the silver tarnishes, deepening to a golden-brown hue.

Two-part Invention No. 1, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 x 13 1/4 inches

Two-part Invention No. 1, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 x 13 1/4 inches

Two-part Invention No. 3, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 10 inches

Two-part Invention No. 3, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 10 inches

Two-part Invention No. 4, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 13 1/4 x 12 inches

Two-part Invention No. 4, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 13 1/4 x 12 inches

Two-part Invention No. 6, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 x 13 1/2 inches

Two-part Invention No. 6, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 x 13 1/2 inches.

Two-part Invention No. 7, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Two-part Invention No. 7, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches

Two-part Invention No. 8, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 9 1/2 x 12 inches

Two-part Invention No. 8, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 9 1/2 x 12 inches

Private Collection.

Two-part Invention No. 9, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 x 12 inches

Two-part Invention No. 9, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10  x 12  inches

Two-part Invention No. 10, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 x 12 inches

Two-part Invention No. 10, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10  x 12  inches

Two-part Invention No. 15, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 1/2  x 12  inches

Two-part Invention No. 15, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 1/2  x 12  inches

Private Collection.

Two-part Invention No. 17, 2021, silverpoint and palladiumpoint on prepared paper, 10.25 x 13 inches

Two-part Invention No. 17, 2021, silverpoint and palladiumpoint on prepared paper, 

10 1/4  x 13  inches

Two-part Invention No. 18, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 13  inches

Two-part Invention No. 18, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12  x 13  inches

Two-part Invention No. 19, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11  x 13.5  inches

Two-part Invention No. 19, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11  x 13 1/2  inches

Two-part Invention No. 20, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10  x 13  inches

Two-part Invention No. 20, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10  x 13  inches

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