Julien Nguyen

  • Julien Nguyen, Vision of a Cloudburst, 2021–22, digital drawing.


    I AM HAUNTED BY DÜRER. I read recently that in examining closely his sketchbook of silverpoints, scholars could find no discernible hesitations or preliminary marks, that everything emerged fully formed from the tip of his stylus. I find this terrifying.

    Under his spell, I have made the following drawings with an electronic tablet, a device that allows for corrections both infinite and invisible. I pray that he might smile at my choice of tools. Dürer was an archangel of the printing press, the wooden block, the copper plate, the engraver’s burin; the tablet, too, lends itself well to broad and