Obscured Lines: Contemporary Drawing in Los Angeles

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Obscured Lines: Contemporary Drawing in Los Angeles

5800 Fulton Avenue
Art Building
Valley Glen, CA 91401
March 1st, 2012 - April 20th, 2012
Opening: March 1st, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

san fernando valley
Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm; evening hours are also available Monday through Wednesday, 6 to 9 pm.
Los Angeles Valley College
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, landscape, figurative


Drawing is a natural and immediate form of human expression, driven by the impulse to doodle, write, or sketch. In contemporary art practices, drawing is more of a metaphoric and sometimes hyperbolic connection between looking and thinking. This approach allows artists to question the real, tangible world and to communicate ideas and experiences in more inventive ways. Artists are afforded the versatility of drawing as an art form that can be an accurate description of real life experience or a transcription of memory; it can be social critique or playful meandering of line; it can be representational, abstract, gestural or expressionistic.


The exhibition seeks to locate contemporary drawing in Los Angeles and features the works of nine artists. Some of the artists are native Angelenos, and some are émigré Angelenos, shaping an eclectic yet informed perspective on drawing practices today. The works included in the show blur the symbolic line that attempts to rigidly define drawing. Looking beyond traditional “works on paper,” these artists demonstrate the process of drawing as experimentation and exploration in a context that is directly or loosely connected to metropolitan culture in Southern California. Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present the drawings of Joe Biel, Jennifer Celio, Margaret Griffith, Kiel Johnson, Timothy Nolan, Elizabeth Saveri, Sergio Teran, Hataya Tubtim, and Alexandra Wiesenfeld. For theses artists, drawing is not simply about making marks or empty gestures. It is core to the physical manifestation of an idea, feeling or experience.



Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel).  Please park in one of the lots (B, C or D) north or east of the Art Gallery – no parking permit is required during Gallery hours.  The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building.


All events are free to the public. 

For general Art Gallery information: 818-778-5536

Contact: Phung Huynh, Co-Gallery Manager

               Los Angeles Valley College

               5800 Fulton Ave

               Valley Glen, CA 91401