October's artist of the month Chris Roberson makes the kind of work that revolves around a simple idea — like what a monument to urban play would look like — and those ideas often begin to germinate in his sketchbook. That's where he works through the first stages of the idea, like a musician jamming on his own, or a writer starting a story with an outline. Think of this post as an extension of the studio visit I had with Chris a few months ago, and also a survey of the blueprints to his creative process. His reflecting pool of Gatorade started here, as did his exploration of basketball play symbols as a kind of contemporary hieroglyph.
We'll be exploring Chris' work throughout the month, so check back with Country Life for more posts by or about him. For now, look through these scans of his sketchbook — if this was biology class, these pages would be the inside of the frog we were about to slice into.