Doug Beube
Unspoken
   
 Unspoken
  
Unspoken
   
  Lost for Words

Lost for Words

Lost for Words

Absence
    
   Absence 
   
  Absence
   
  Nothing
 
 Nothing
 
  Nothing
  
  Invisible

Invisible

Outline
 
 Outline
 
 Wordless
   
  Wordless
Speechless series
‘Shortcomings’ is the original title of the graphic novel by cartoonist Adrian Tomine. It was published by Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal, Canada in 2007. The genre of this art form with seven to nine cells per page, in a gridded format, is drawn in black and white with ‘speech bubbles’ floating overhead of the characters in the book. In the Speechless series, an ongoing collage project, is the removal and outlining of the drawings and speech bubbles using an surgeon’s knife. Reducing the content to line drawings, the pages become veiled layers, a dissected essence of the story that the brain comprehends as both linear and abstract. Between the two, narrative and abstraction, it invites the viewer to literally read between the lines and pages. The final artwork is presented as four pages deep separated by 3/16th inch foam core. The backing of the meticulously cut mash-up of the collage is another version of Shortcomings that is sliced into strips then stacked on top of one another.
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