On Drawing: Line

Opening September 6 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm

Featuring recent works by Anna Bogatin, Todd Camplin, Theresa Chong, Jillian Conrad, Jacob El Hanani, Sharon Engelstein, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Chirstopher French, Richard Nix, Lauren Seiden and Mark Sheinkman.

This exhibition was co-curated by Devin Borden and Holly Johnson and opened in Dallas June 29 (through August 17, 2013) at Holly Johnson Gallery.  A catalog with an essay by Christopher French is available by this link. The artists in On Drawing: Line use repetition to assemble intricate matrices of repeated lines to stimulate one of humanity’s oldest skills: our ability to decipher structure or infer meaning from patterns, as well as approach drawing not as a means to illusion but allusion, using abstraction as a means of diagramming the world.  On view at Devin Borden Gallery through October 22, 2013.

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

Richard Nix at Devin Borden Gallery

“The roster of artists in On Drawing: Line provides productive grist for my mill.  Not only is each artists a skilled devotee of this most supple, transparent, and direct medium, but their art exemplifies a growing divergence in contemporary approaches to this timeless form.  I locate this divergence in what is described as the mind-body problem, an age-old argument about the nature of the world and how humans perceive and understand their existence in it….Many contemporary artists still view drawing’s purpose as referential and descriptive, but lines made by a pencil can now represent internal as well as external perspectives.  For the artists in this show drawing now serves as a means of formulating an idea or expressing a feeling by writing with images. ”

“Leonardo DaVinci, who was no slouch as a draftsman, observed that “Line has in itself neither matter nor substance, and may rather be called an imaginary idea rather than a real object.”  The Greek mathematician Euclid said something similar when he summarized line as “a breadthless length.”  Both capture the creative tension inherent to drawing; what you see is not so much on the paper as in your mind.”                                  -excerpts from the catalog essay by Christopher French. 


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