The Gallery: Lee Walton

The Gallery: Lee Walton

amy chase
May 3, 2006

Baseball Drawing from the 2004 Season (Dodgers)
ink and charcoal on paper - 44" x 36"

Introducing Lee Walton. At last, baseball season is finally here and I can share these drawings! Lee's an artist for all you sports fans out there.

Lee Walton, a self-described "experientialist" makes art that records and explores all manner of his day-to-day interests and experiences – one such interest being baseball, which is the subject of these drawings (What, you couldn't tell?).

Drawing Determined by First Nine Yankee Games of the 2004 Season ink on paper 120" x 85" System for Drawing below

He makes these like a human seismograph, applying a pre-determined drawing system to represent the events of the game as they unfold before his eyes. Using ink and charcoal on single sheets of paper (often baseball-card-sized) he records each inning (or sometimes the accumulated actions of individual players) and then assembles the cards to represent a game, a world series, etc.

New York vs the Florida Marlins, 2003 World Series

Golden State Warriors, 48 Minutes, 2006, Ink on paper - 24" x 24"

According to his pre-constructed system (Walton usually writes the key on the drawing), the color, quality and location of each mark is determined by the events that transpire during the game. For instance, curved lines can stand for base hits, a double is often a wide stripe running top to bottom, areas of wash are usually a strike out, a homerun is a thick line across the top.

Game 2, 2004 A.L.C.S. (7 games) Yankees vs. Red Sox
Ink on Paper - 15" x 10"

Game 7, 2004 A.L.C.S. (7 games) Yankees vs. Red Sox Ink on Paper - 15" x 10"
I love how these capture the game's rhythms, swings and arcs.

One from Yankees vs. Boston 2004 ink on paper 14" x 10" each

He also records other kinds of chance events… such as the movements of pedestrians and cars. I especially love the one below which records the intensity and duration of 18 horn honks heard by the artist on Rivington Street one day in May 2003.

Rivington Street Horns, May 9, 2003, ink on paper - 9" x 11"

If you are interested in any of the drawings, please contact Kraushaar Galleries Inc., at 212-307-5730.

The artist's website is not to be missed. He's got lots of his video work available. Two favorites of mine are: Walton vs. Shaq - 2005 Season depicting a one episode of his season-long free throw competition with Shaquille O'Neal, and Get Over It, his climbing adventures along the streets of New York (and maybe San Francisco?). This one really left me in giggles.

Amazing work Lee.


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