Torben Ulrich skipping an inked rope onto rice paperUsing primarily skipping rope, tennis racquet and tennis ball, Torben Ulrich explores play and the athletic event with ink and/or acrylic, predominantly on rice paper. Often, first, with the rice paper on the ground, he skips an inked rope onto the rice paper (left, in a still from Before The Wall). When dry, the paper is then posted or held against a wall and an inked ball is played (not placed), as a sign or signature of ongoing playfulness. Later, a text may be added.

Some works are photographed and the shapes, colors and textures are sampled or played with further digitally and printed on rice paper or other media. They are signed by Ulrich with his signature and/or the played ball.

For Ulrich's thoughts on some of his works, see his Notes on Balligraphies.

More about the origins of these works can be found on his website, along with details of exhibits and commissions as well as Ulrich's background and projects in writing, film, music, dance, ballplaying and radio.


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