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The language of drawing has always been considered the cornerstone of ar t and as such it reveals the inner process of the artist and his thinking. From the scientific and anatomical sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci to the aut omatic doodles of the Surrealists\, drawing has allowed artists over the ce nturies to explore both the world around us and the world within. In a cont emporary context\, the ability to draw provides an important counterpoint t o wider artist concerns and in all cases the act of drawing constitutes a r ich vein of artistic expression.

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In the main gallery stands a gia nt\, to scale rendition in pencil of Jacques -Louis David’s Rape of the Sabine Women by the artist Wolfe von Lenkiewicz and yet on closer inspe ction this drawing proves itself to be an amalgamation of a series of diffe rent works by David as witnessed by the appearance of the limp\, emaciated body of Marat lifted from his epic canvas The Death of Marat from 17 93. This monumental work is flanked by two more drawings that also owe thei r structure to a fusion of different elements by a single artist\, namely L eonardo Da Vinci and Pablo Picasso\, that when brought together create a ne w singular vision born from the disparate parts of multiple originals.

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The premise of Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s artistic interventions is to qu estion what constitutes an authentic work of art and as such he is engaged in an alchemical revision of art history through the appropriation and reco nfiguration of the past. Other artists in the show include the Korean born Seung-hyun Lee who also takes as his starting point identifiable masterpiec es from Vincent van Gogh to Michelangelo to create magical\, amorphic lands capes while Paul Noble or Steven Harvey’s intricate drawings reveal an alte rnative universe that is entirely imaginary. Elsewhere in the main space la rge-scale charcoal drawings by Mircea Suciu or Reece Jones have a decidedly cinematic appeal while Robert Longo’s Monster series of breaking wa ves or baroque renderings of atomic bomb blasts tap into a collective memor y bank of images that have become mediated through a televisual landscape.

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The ability of drawing to be both a pathway to the unconscious an d the outward expression of a political or social consciousness is aptly ar ticulated through the work of the avant-garde. In the All Visual Arts viewi ng room examples of surrealist inspired drawings by Salvador Dali share an association with the contemporary work of the artists Dennis Scholl and Eri nc Seymen while the social caricatures of George Grosz\, Otto Dix and Ludwi g Meidner\, produced in Germany during the First World War and early 1920s\ , have a direct relationship with the work of Rob McNally and his drawing o f a deranged man in a blonde wig\, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous Jimmy Saville.

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