The book “The Unguarded Moment. The controlled uncontrollability of drawing” consists of a series of conversations which took place between visual artist Ronny Delrue and six Flemish visual artists in a bid to find an answer to the question of whether or not in todays high-tech world the drawing is an ideal medium to visualize the moment uncontrollability tips over into control. How important is drawing in creating an image or visual language? The interviews cover drawing as documentation, as experiment, as direction or trend and as autonomous image with its links to painting and video.
Delrue allows the artists to have their say in discussions which he reproduces and annotates. Delrue justifies his approach as follows: Interviews between an artist and an artist form a web around the central question of the study and broaden its scope. Icons from the history of art are also covered in an organic way. I use word and image to try and visualize the answer to this question. What do the words say about the image and what does the image show about the word?
This is also what makes the idea so original: a visual artist in conversation with fellow visual artists about the role and meaning of drawing. There is identification and complementarity on both sides.
The choice of discussion partners is of course crucial. Delrue opted for a mix: male/female, young/old, novice/practised, world famous/not world-famous. The artists taking part are Roger Raveel, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Philippe Vandenberg, Kris Fierens, Luc Tuymans and Katleen Vermeir. Ronny Delrue also airs his opinion, outlining his artistic insights in a conversation with Hans Theys.
Thus the book addresses two target audiences: not only the public at large who will enjoy reading the interviews with icons from the Flemish art world, but certainly also the public of students, teachers and professionals from that art world who will be able to use it as a reference work.