Drawing de-Centered: The Courthouse, Ennistymon.
Preview: 18th September
Virtual Opening: 26th September
Run Dates: 19th September - 7th November
Drawing de-Centered (DdC) is a diverse, nomadic and emerging artistic platform that explores contemporary drawing practice. DdC aims to provoke and probe drawings intrinsic and expanding qualities. Characterised by openness, embodiment, and liminality, Drawing deCentered focus on critical thinking around drawing practice and questions what drawing is but also what can drawing be. In this exhibition of the same name Drawing deCentered, a multiplicity of practices and research interests together with a wide-range of materialities that include but not limited to, the humble pencil on paper to neon lights to natural drawing materials emphasise DdC’s strength.
Racheal Agnew and Kiera O’Toole’s practice share a central concern of drawing and phenomenology in relation to site. Agnew explores transitional spaces while O’Toole examines the atmospheric, material, temporal and corporeal aspects of human experience. Mary-Ruth Walsh offers an exploration into the gap that exist between 2D and 3D spaces particularly architectural spaces. Felicity Clear also considers the transition from 2D to 3D through traditional and non-traditional media. Kevin Killen’s practice captures individual’s journeys and movements through light while Melissa O’Faherty’s interest lies the intersection of humanities impact on nature.
Drawing de-Centred has recently shown with international Dutch artists in ‘Beyond Drawing’ curated by Arno Kramer and reviewed by Clare E. Scott in Visual Arts Ireland News Sheet. July 2020. https://www.drawingdecentered.com/beyond-drawing.html
Drawing de-Centred is exhibiting in The Courthouse, Ennistymon, Co Clare with the following artists: Rachael Agnew / Mary-Ruth Walsh / Kiera O’Toole / Kevin Killen / Melissa O’Faherty / Felicity Clear
Rachael Agnew Agnew's practice centres around the phenomenology of interstitial spaces. This is defined here as the subjective experience of empty, between, intermediate and transitional spaces. Her work takes the form of site-specific drawing installations and interventions. Movement, light and transparency are key elements in creating and perceiving her works.
Mary-Ruth Walsh My practice explores public spaces from frenetic airports and shopping centres to the desolate loneliness of empty spaces. In public and domestic spaces it’s fascinating to see how architecture affects the way we move and behave. I’m curious about the gap between the two dimensional drawing or blueprint of a building and the three dimensional materiality of the realisation of that building. What happens in that gap between the object and its two-dimensional representation is full of promises and denials, of realities and unrealities. The drawings and blueprints are a deliberate exercise of improbability and possibility. But the subtext is also about the substitution of real experience or real time.
Kiera O’Toole Why (the Site of) Drawing Matters...to me. My practice examines how humans experience the world and how the things in our world affect us as they resound in our bodies, always and already. I'm deeply concerned about the atmospheric, material, temporal and corporeal aspects of the experience which forms and informs my drawing practice.
The embodied mark and all its complexities: diversity, directness, universality and presentness is evidence of human existence. It's a way to experience the world and to pay attention to the everyday. My hope is to create a 'Holding Space' for a shared experience between the viewer, the drawing and the site - which maybe an art space or a non-art space or a rural or urban environment By paying attention to our intuitive and felt sense of experience, we can become aware of the intersubjective here and now.
Kevin Killen My practice involves capturing life through studying people’s
physical space and the journeys or movements they make. Very often
I physically walk a route myself, filming long-exposures that ‘draw’
the journey in light. I use more traditional drawing tools to translate
the journey lines using the medium of neon light that captures moments in space and time.
Melissa O’Faherty Of particular interest to O’Faherty’s drawing practice is the phenomenon in nature and reflections of humanity's influence and attempts to control our natural environment. ‘I'm interested in how combining photography and drawing and might direct the viewer to an exposure of the subject matter. My work is also concerned with drawing images revealing themselves through the making process of the automatism technique, the art-making process where the subconscious is allowed to create’.
Felicity Clear My practice involves the intersection of line, light and perception. Drawing in a variety of mediums and in various scales is at the core. From small two-dimensional works on paper to large sculptural installations and hand drawn animation. The provisional nature of drawing and its other technical role in engineering, architecture and everyday life are central reference points. Often perspective is skewed and three-dimensional elements cast shadows which present visual conundrums.
As Francis Halsall says in ‘Drawing the line’ in Irish Arts Review autumn 2019: ‘Given the priority that Clear gives to line, the work is often suggestive of the aesthetic forms of infrastructure, alluding as they do to maps, plans, scaffoldings and support structures. Through these allusions to infrastructure, her meticulous and intricate constructions become highly effective metaphors for the systems that are ubiquitous in everyday life’.
For artists today, drawing is no longer supplementary or secondary, but valued as a stand-alone medium and process. Drawing Room has been a substantial player in this changing status through its ambitious exhibitions, publications and participation programme, and we’re delighted to be joined by founder-directors, Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane, in conversation with Louisa Buck, contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper.
In this live webinar, streamed during lockdown, the panel discuss their vision for this unique, non-profit institution and explore how the current pandemic has thrown a spotlight on drawing. An art form accessible to all, it has proven itself as the adaptable, provocative and questing medium we know it to be.
TO WATCH VIDEO: vimeo.com/431497752/c55ceb6ae3
Drawing (Journal)Research, Theory, Practice
ISSN 20570384 , ONLINE ISSN 20570392 Focusing on drawing as a significant discipline in its own right, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice is a peer-reviewed journal that facilitates ongoing international debates within the wider fields of its practice and research. A vibrant, proactive forum for contemporary ideas, the journal is a platform for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dissemination of all forms of drawing practice and theory.
Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context. This journal seeks to reestablish the materiality of drawing as a medium at a time when virtual, on-line, and electronic media dominates visuality and communication. The journal represents drawing as a significant discipline in its own right and in a diversity of forms: as an experimental practice, as research, as representation and/or documentation, as historical and/or theoretical exploration, as process or as performance. It explores the drawing discipline across fine art, science and engineering, media and communication, psychology, architecture, design, science and technology, textiles, fashion, social and cultural practices.
As a rigorously peer-reviewed publication the journal presents contributions that deal both with traditional concepts, histories and dominant conventions and those that challenge current thinking and move towards experimental methods, concepts and practices. The topics include papers as well as visual contributions and projects that present drawing as a complex process, serving to:
FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.intellectbooks.com/drawing-research-theory-practice
For National Drawing Day this year on Saturday 16 May 2020, CCA Derry~Londonderry hosts artist Kiera O’Toole’s Slow Looking. Kiera invites you to draw with her. Chalk will be available to pick up on 16 May from the front door of the gallery at 10–12 Artillery Street, Derry~Londonderry from 10am until stocks run out (please keep a 2 metre distance from others and wear gloves/wash your hands after collecting the chalk).
If you are not local to the gallery you can still join in with your own drawing materials and if you don’t have chalk or pencils, draw and make lines with what you can find: pebbles, twigs, sand, be creative!
Think of other ways to make your mark on the world.
You can share your drawings with us by tagging @CCADLD on Instagram and Twitter and using the hashtags #nationaldrawingday #slowlooking #findingwonder. We’d love to see.
From the artist:
“In these unusual times, the universal activity of drawing can allow us to take the time to slow down and notice the wonder in your everyday environment. ‘Slow Looking’ is based on the idea that when we spend time observing our environment, we can become present in the moment.
Drawing is a way of being present.
This project is not about technical drawing skills but it is about making your mark in and on the world. So, I am inviting you to draw with me!
On 16 May 2020, when you are walking around outside or sitting in your garden, I invite you to notice what is around you. What can you observe? What makes you stop and wonder? Is it a crack in the walls, the shadows of plants or the sound of birds as they fly overhead?
Using a piece of chalk, make your mark. Will you fill in the cracks? Trace the shadows or draw the sounds you hear? Find different ways you can draw on the world around you. Find your wonder and tell us how drawing has changed your experience of your environment?”
Click here to learn more about the full list of participants and activities happening across Ireland for National Drawing Day 2020.
#nationaldrawingday #slowlooking #findingwonder.
Kiera O'Toole Introduction • 2:45
Drawing from the Non-Place (2017) – Kiera O'Toole • 2:35
Eggs Again – Brian Crotty • 8:51
Crash Bang Wallop – Brian Crotty • 12:20
TRACEY, the site for drawing and visualisation research. TRACEY’s aim is to stimulate, host and publish diverse perspectives on drawing and visualisation to/for a community of researchers, practitioners, educators and students. https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/tracey/#
Call for proposals: Temporal Drawing
TRACEY Drawing Research Network Conference 9th-10th July 2020
Conveners: Drawing Research Group, Loughborough University
This conference aims to explore the notion of temporal drawing. By ‘temporal drawing’ we suggest that temporality is not only inherent in drawing, both as a process and as a product, but is also its fundamental condition. To draw is to draw inescapably in and of time. If to make a mark is to capture the trace of a gesture, then mark-making reveals the movement of time—of the living present becoming past, and of the past contracting into the present. With this dynamism come repetitions and difference: further marks in anticipation of a present yet to come. Thus a drawing traces and is traced by movements that are intangible syntheses of time, and looking closely and slowly at a drawing becomes an act of contemplation that holds motion beneath its surface. And so, we ask: how can we explore the time of drawing? How does time prompt us to think differently about drawing?
The conference aims to provide a space for discussion, dissemination and the exchange of knowledge and suggests the following as starting points and as possible themes, prompts and provocations:
• How can drawing ‘reveal’ in time?
• Can drawing be timeless?
• Is stillness possible in and through drawing?
• What is the role of pace in the processes of making and looking at drawing?
• How can duration be explored in drawing?
• How can erasure be explored in drawing?
The conveners invite proposals from practitioners, theorists and practitioner-researchers, which respond to the theme in ONE of the three listed formats:
• 20-minute presentation – 250 word abstract detailing the research question and proposed presentation. Please submit a word .docx file labelled as follows: surname.forename.presentation
• 2.5-hour practical workshop – 250 word proposal detailing the research question, format of the workshop and material/space requirements. Please label your file as follows: surname.forename.workshop
• Image or audio/video to be included in a showreel for a digital exhibition to be screened at the conference – up to 3 jpeg images of drawn works (resolution 300dpi) or 1 audio/video submission (codec/resolution negotiated on submission) max running time 5 mins Please label your file as follows: surname.title of work.exhibition.jpg and include an image list with full details of the drawing including title, media, size, year. For Audio/Video submissions, provide a hyperlink for review and include full details of the submission, display requirements, and running time.
Please include a 50 word biography with your submission and submit to Serena Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28th February 2020.
The Drawing Research Network (DRN) was established in 2001 as part of the The Big Draw. The DRN is an international network of individuals and institutions who are involved in some way with improving our understanding of drawing, for example through professional practice, education or general interest. It aims to use this knowledge to raise the profile of drawing and drawing research. Some participants are based in universities and colleges of art and design with established teaching and/or research profiles in drawing. Other participants have an interest in, for example, drawing therapy, the cross-curricular role of drawing in schools or digital drawing. Some participants simply have an interest in drawings and the drawing process which might include making, thinking about and communicating with drawing. Individuals and institutions use the DRN to communicate news, to explore possibilities for cooperation in drawing research, to formulate collaborative projects and to share outputs. The DRN has two main opportunities for communication there include the DRN email discussion list (Jiscmail) and the TRACEY DRN site.Joining the DRN email forumOne of the main discussion forums for the DRN is the Drawing Research Network jiscmail. The link below will take you to the DRN jiscmail homepage that allows to you to subscribe and unsubscribe from this email forum and links to the archive of drawing research messages going back to 2001. You can also change your settings, for example, you can temporarily suspend deliveries of messages to your inbox. If you join, you can send a message to all readers of the Drawing Research forum simply by sending an email to the drawing research email address.
DRN JiscmailThe DRN web pagesIn order to facilitate accessible communication, particularly of visual media the DRN has a web presence in the form of a moderated blog in addition to the jiscmail. We welcome the participation of all drawing makers, drawing users and drawing researchers to engage with this online space to deposit information on drawings, shows, exhibitions, share drawings and thoughts on drawing, and generally further the discipline of drawing.