Curated by Gordon Shrigley.
For most of us, drawing is not a major part of our lives and so remember drawing as being one of those sweet moments of childhood, when crayon in hand, one drew in a happy haze of uncensored fantasy, safe in the knowledge that whatever wild and dangerous adventures one imagined, mum was always close at hand to protect you from the strange demons that always seemed to form within the picture plane.
Animated Drawing is a collection of works that in contrast to the happy innocence of childhood, explores drawing to show the place of failed desires, mechanical sexuality and dead space.
Alexander Schellow's work âStill Lives', depict a shimmering nocturnal world, populated by anonymous bodies whose presence we sense through the moonlit aura of the fluorescence of the page. Schellow by capturing the moment between stillness and life, allows us to see this nether world, as one mark nervously shifts into another, as an alien and mournful space.
Miranda Whall's three works âSamuel and I', âSimon and I' and âLadybirds', all depict a series of self- portraits engaged in autoerotic activity, whilst seemingly unaware of a series of large birds, fish and cats that float, perch or mull around the white background that surrounds them. Whall's animations defamiliarise our relation to watching these intimate moments by juxtaposing knowingly quaint watercolour renderings of scenes of female masturbation with wildlife.
Kristian De La Riva's work âCut', explores the sense of trauma experienced after a significant personal loss, through the cartoonesque violent dismemberment of the human body as a radical strategy for cutting away all that hurts, so as to to expunge, to clean out all that remains of the desired object that lies deep within.
Alexander Schellow recently exhibited work at Steirischer Herbst Gallery, Graz, The Stuttgart Kunstmuseum, Centre Pompidou, Thessaloniki Biennale and at Ute Parduhn Gallery, Düsseldorf. He also recently completed the book work Storyboard published by Merz Academy and Edition Solitude in 2007. Miranda Whall recently exhibited work at the Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, the Vane Gallery, Newcastle, the Schuster Gallery, Berlin and at the Museu de Arte Moderna, Sà £o Paulo. Kristian De La Riva recently exhibited work at the ICA Gallery London, IMT Gallery, London, the Globe Gallery, Newcastle, the Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys and at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London. Gordon shrigley is represented by IMT gallery, London
Please join us for the reception for this exhibition 16 October 6-9pm, or during opening hours 17 November - 17 December 2011; Centre for Recent Drawing is open 1 - 6pm Thursdays to Saturdays at 2 - 4 Highbury Station Road, Highbury Islington, London. C4RD is a Registered UK Charity 1123530, and would particularly like to acknowledge the support for this exhibition of ARTUPDATE.COM/.
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