This survey by C4RD's Andrew Hewish seeks to present the vibrancy and depth of drawing production in London and Berlin. From recent graduates to the well established, these artists operate from within an understanding of the complexities of drawing values, of Anschlüssel: speculative, connective, playful - unlocking links wherever a line might lead. In bridging the space between these two metropolises, we find similar polyglot populations, artists from all over the world working in these cities, and with a similar breadth of expressive possibilities that reflect the exchange of ideas and forms in a globalised field.
Certain resonances occur within the exhibition, some localised but most shared between cities: the pop aesthetic in Blake, Rolph, Angel, Tilley and other's work from London, but also in EVA + ADELE's; the private, emblematic work of Nakahara, Hasenauer, Cho, Köppe, and Fecht, from Berlin, yet also found in Hara's. Other resonances are shared more broadly - the formal investigations of Badur, Ricci, Schmid, Shrigley, Szlavnics, Terry, Connearn, Qualmann, Keserü and Scharp; the vitality of text in Smith, Lammert, Kochinke and Kindersley; the free and exploratory play of Schimannsky, Foá, Knöller, Murphy, Lubberger and Astor; the hermetic worlds and signs of Gröszer, Baschlalow, Hegardt, Timofeev and Verran; the problematics of gesture in Richardson, Laroche, Buchanan, Auerbach, Hewish, Jenssen, Fox, Blaser, Scharp, Sill and Charman; the technological experimentation of Hockney, Koganezawa + Oya and Heath.
On entering, it is hoped that the viewer might think 'I know how this functions as art, but how does it fiunction as drawing?'. The artists selected here are ones that exemplify a variety of approaches to drawing. It is all too easy in the Contemporary context for drawing to be seen as contemporary image-making on paper; this does not account for the way drawing drags with it complex and disparate historical meanings particular to itself, all of which can brought to bear in the recognition of a work's status as a drawing.
This particular set of meanings and questions are ones that drawing artists engage with in their daily practice. Like any art of today, drawing can be considered completed by the viewer; but in completing the circuit of a drawing, a special kind of complexity filter is introduced. In an age of art where much is focused on a final outcome, be it product or conclusive meaning or image for the viewer, drawing offers a refreshing alternative.
Drawing has associations with being fragile, or temporary, containing gestures that are as much fleeting ideas as they might be marks on the page. It recalls time. It can rely on networks, of points in space or page, that are necessarily connected in the completion of the work; points that make stories, pathways, or forms. It can be closely associated with the interior life of the artist, their passions and intentions, that can be subsumed by systems or processes, or engage a subtle negotiation between consciousness, technic and ground.
We can connect, along the lines, the mindfulness, or otherwise, of the artist. It often engages directly the body of the artist, tracing their movement, allowing the viewer direct access to the record of its own making. It can love its own materiality. It can spectacularly stimulate our vision. It can graph data; write language. It can promote stages of development, or lyrical leaps of imagination. It can articulate imaginative space, or record observed space. It can draw on its own visual language, blending different traditions to forge new meanings. It is the exercise of mind on line.
EVA & ADELE, Frank Badur, Irina Baschlakow, Helen Cho, Nadine Fecht, Marc Gröszer, Bertram Hasenauer, Björn Hegardt, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Paco Knöller, Ulrich Kochinke, Takehito Koganezawa + Yusuke Oya, Astrid Köppe, Valentin Emil Lubberger, Kazuki Nakahara, Mark Lammert, Corinne Laroche, Fiene Scharp, Hanns Schimansky, Andreas Schmid, Dennis Scholl, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Heidi Sill, Viktor Timofeev, Jorinde Voigt.
Maxime Angel, Daphne Warburg Astor, Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Scott Blaser, Kirsty Buchanan, George Charman, David Connearn, Maryclare Foa, Nick Fox, Joe Graham, Takayuki Hara, Claude Heath, Andrew Hewish, David Hockney, Károly Keserü, Paul Kindersley, David Murphy, Thomas Qualmann, Frances Richardson, Giulia Ricci, Danny Rolph, Gordon Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith, Kate Terry, Annabel Tilley, Virginia Verran.
Please join us for the reception for this exhibition 18 January 6-8pm, or during the exhibition 19 January - 10 March 2012: Centre for Recent Drawing is open 1 - 6pm Thursdays to Saturdays at 2 - 4 Highbury Station Road, Highbury Islington, London. C4RD is a Registered UK Charity 1123530, and would particularly like to acknowledge the support for this exhibition of ARTUPDATE.COM/.