October 20-November 20, 2011
Cannot Be Described in Words: Drawing Expanded
Curated by Deborah Davidson
Jill Slosburg Ackerman, Ilona Anderson, Sheila Gallagher, Audrey Goldstein, Raul Gonzalez,
Chuck Holtzman, Fred Liang, Cynthia Maurice, Randal Thurston and Debra Weisberg
“Drawing is another kind of language.”
Something is communicated in a drawing that has remained a constant for centuries – an intimacy of expression that is otherwise the province of writing. Drawing is the basis of all art and visual thinking. It is a way to visualize thinking, and therefore functions as a way of directly externalizing the conceptual.
The drawings here are projective, that is, they depict something that is imagined before it is drawn. The works range from installation to drawings that are iterations of sculptural space,
to those that are made by the blinking of the eye,
to the use of traditional materials like charcoal, which are pushed beyond their expected limitations.
The works represent a personalized way of drawing– looser and often hybrid (for example combining felt, paper, wood and wire) – thus freeing the artists from the traditional mode of drawing as a way of generating and developing other art forms. The use of a multiplicity of materials in turn allows for the discovery of new forms and new ways of expressing content.
This exhibit features ten artists who engage in a variety of mediums and who are all interested in
the materiality of drawing. They share a sense of daring: exploring new approaches, scale and materials that expand the definition of drawing
and add to what that definition can be.