Photo by Phillip Nondorf

The Artist Is Present...ly Doodling

The Artist Is Present...ly Doodling involves Jon Burgerman sat opposite an audience member whilst they both make portraits of each other in sixty seconds.

It's aims are for two people who don't know each other to connect for a silent sixty seconds whilst drawing each others portraits. At the end we will give each other our portraits as a gift and record of that minute.

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I thought it would be interesting to mash-up Marina Abramović's performance 'The Artist Is Present' and one of those portrait cartoonists you find in Central Park in New York. Our portraits will form part of a conversation between each other as we draw and think at the same time.

I use the term 'doodling' because there should be no pressure on making a 'good' portrait. It's about seeing how someone would visually describe their first impression of us and having fun, of course.

The performance took place at the PSFK Conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on April 17 2015.


Photo by Phillip Nondorf

Photo by Phillip Nondorf

One of my favourite portraits of me.

One of my favourite portraits of me.

One of my favourite portraits of me.

One of my favourite portraits of me.

One of my favourite portraits of me.

One of my favourite portraits of me.

A wall of portraits the audience made of me.

Wall of Jon. Do I really appear like this?

Inspiration for the project.