DRAWING IN NEW YORK
Street drawing in Manhattan and sketches at the Empire State Building > floor 102, New York 2023.
photo: Robert van NimwegenTOWNSCAPES Observations of moments from Delft street life, developing into stories. Sometimes Mark van Huystee’s hand-drawn townscapes give rise to written stories by Jan van der Mast. The pictures make passers-by want to stop and talk.
Armed with pen and fineliner, Jan van der Mast (writer) and Mark van Huystee (artist) cross Delft and paint an on-site picture of day-to-day life, in words and drawings.
24 hours creation
Jan and I published a book together, 24 uur Delft Centraal (24 hours at Delft Central), which was created in a straight run of 24 hours.
The idea was to observe people for twenty-four hours near the railway zone, the area where the Big Change is taking place: trains will soon be crossing Delft underground instead of overhead.
Image: fragment from ’24 hours Delft Central’.
Delft treated its citizens and visitors to a one-year extended cultural program featuring 4 different Cultural Weekends, each with a specific theme, starting with Daily Rituals in Delft. Jan and I follow the program together, publishing our impressions in the local paper, the Delftse Post (with a circulation of 80,000).
Cultural Weekend 4
The theme: The march of events. We choose for a concept of chain reactions, with text responding to images and vice versa, using a pair of iPhones. I started with a drawing of the TU library, Jan responded from Barcelona with text. Three days later the result was published in the Delftse Post.