The Centre for Recent Drawing presents Diary Drawing, an exhibition curated by Sarah Lightman. Diary Drawing, brings together disparate types of visual journals and autobiographical graphic novels to examine drawing and diary making as possess' of thinking and acting fundamental to human experience. Diary Drawing explores the application of line as a means of documenting or transcribing intimate and individual histories to a public audience.
Lightman has included artists who use conventional idioms of comic making alongside more exploratory employment of materials: cigarettes are drawn on as well as sketch books and an online blog. The artworks included show diary drawing as a method of documenting performance, journeys, romantic disappointments, the survival of the Nazi Holocaust and cancer. This exhibition also includes artworks that use diary drawing as a method of pursuing fictitious autobiographies.
This show will tour to The School of the Arts, Northampton University, for Paraliterary Narratives; Reassessing the âGraphic Novel' 6-7th June 2008
Acknowledged by The Times as the greatest living historian of the comics and graphic novel form in this country", Paul Gravett is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster about international comics and director of the Comica festival at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2008, he curated Manhua! China Comics Now, the first exhibition of contemporary Chinese comics in the UK, part of the China Now festival. His latest books with Peter Stanbury are The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (Robinson) and the forthcoming Incredibly Strange Comics (Aurum).