Ideomotor Drawings: Volume 1
by Stephen Lichty
editing: Abbye Churchill
design: David Kasprzak
advising: Thomas Ulrik Madsen
printed by Colpa Press in San Francisco
interior paper: Mohawk Superfine Eggshell 80T
cover paper: Mohawk Renewal Hemp, Rough, Flower 120C
8 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches
edition of 150
© 2021 Stephen Lichty
This limited-edition book includes reproductions of 85 drawings in addition to texts by Stephen Lichty and artist Sam White. Drawing collaborators in this volume include Jim Lichty, Shelley Lichty, Clementine Brown, David Kasprzak, Arthur Juliani, Laura Figa, Bob Linder, Davina Semo, Diego Villalobos, Becky Kolsrud, Brian Khek, Jonathan Runcio, Brett Ginsburg, Io Olivera, Joel Holmberg, Colin Welsh, Severine Welsh, Stacy Switzer, Dan Davis, Charmaine Wheatley, Drew Heitzler, Zoë Leonard, Anika Ahlberg, Brian Riedel, Nathan Hauenstein, Sophia Cook, Masha Kouznetsova, McIntyre Parker, Richard T. Walker, Theresa Brockett, Graeme Fisher, Alex Badduke, Juliet Jacobson, Miles Huston, Ryan Russo, Leigh Lotocki, Sam White, David Tasman, Frank Benson, Patricia L. Boyd, Pam Garber, James Wells, Gregory Kalliche, Isabel Casso, Millie Kapp, Emerson Hart, Nick Lalla, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Josh Minkus, Aviva Silverman, Emily Clayton, Steve Pulimood, Gordon Hall, Mariah Robertson, Timur Si-Qin, Zaq Landsberg, Lucas Casso, Octavius Neveaux, Colleen Tuite, Dakin Hart, Eli Ping, Allison Dalton, Abbye Churchill, Erikk Geannikis, Andrés Laracuente, Omar Lee, Eric Wrenn, Elise Duryee-Browner, Henna Vainio, Morgan Ritter, Johanna Jackson, Ruth E. Fox, Ido Radon, Srijon Chowdhury, Andrea Lounibos, Jeffry Mitchell, Janet Williamson, Anthony Baab, Holly McHugh, Lydia Ourahmane, Milan Zrnic, Jason Kalogiros, Lauren McKeon, Thomas Ulrik Madsen, Neil Marcus.
The Ideomotor Drawing works belong to an ongoing practice of automatic collaborative drawing. Each collaboration results in two identical carbon-transfer drawings, produced after holding a pen to a stack of papers with another person and allowing the shared non-conscious movement of the pen to determine the work. Reproduced and offered below are my original carbon-transfer copies; the second original copy of each drawing is held by the collaborator. Ideomotor action designates non-conscious automatic muscular movement, stimulated by ideas, and explains the movement of pendulums, dowsing rods, and ouija planchettes. Here, the intimacy of the drawing ritual is accompanied by the expression of a collaborative unconscious.