Alan Johnston: Drawing a Shadow

18 Feb 2010 – 1 May 2010

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Alan Johnston's drawings both reflect and subtly reconfigure the architectural spaces they inhabit. Drawing A Shadow: No Object, his largest UK exhibition to date, will see him literally drawing all over the walls of the Henry Moore Institute, elaborating ideas he has developed over the course of 2009. Johnston's drawings give new perspectives to familiar spaces; thus the striking architecture of the Institute's top-lit galleries — Victorian wool merchants' offices which were converted by Dixon Jones in 1993 — comes into focus. Whilst not being obviously three-dimensional, the drawings highlight the galleries as sculptural spaces in their own right. Alongside and framed within the large wall drawings, the exhibition includes a series of smaller abstract pencil drawings on plaster, lino, and wood prepared with titanium and zinc white.

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