James Kalm’s video floats through a stream of Pages, Lists, Words, Repeated Words, Letters, Repeated Letters mixed into drawings with personal symbols (the crown) and logos (IDEAL, CBS) in the exhibit Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at Brooklyn Museum.
In addition to composition notebooks, materials include paint sticks, pencil, wood and selective colors. No immediate logic surfaces other than a process that hewed to the personal and produced, pushing the interior out.
Because of his early death, Basquiat is frozen forever young and sweet-faced in most images. His face and his work are inspiration.
Grab anything. Start drawing in a journal and make a list. Move onto collage using envelopes from today’s mail and painter paper from Home Depot. Rip and paste while listening to Bruno Mars. Different energy.
Don’t think, just do… let hands do the work for 90 minutes or so.
Mull over night and see what happens tomorrow.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat from basquiatnow.com