Kelly Chorpening Talk

26 Nov 2015

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Talk will begin at 7pm
Gallery open 6-6.55pm

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Borough Road Gallery

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Join us for a talk by artist and Course Leader for BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, Kelly Chorpening, in response to the exhibition The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough.


Free entry, to book your free ticket please click here. The Gallery will be open 6-6.55pm to give guests a chance to see the exhibition before the talk begins.

In this talk, artist and Course Leader for BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, Kelly Chorpening, will ask why artists continue to choose charcoal when expressing forms and subjects with emotional force.

Considering David Bomberg’s unorthodox approach to image-making, as well as the role of photography in artistic process, Chorpening will place the historic drawings in The Elemental Force of Charcoal in a wider context, with reference to contemporary drawing practice. Chorpening will discuss charcoal works by artists including Dennis Creffield (whose monumental cathedral drawings fill one wall of the exhibition), in relation to works by William Kentridge, Robert Longo and Kara Walker. These three artists explore issues of race, gender and socio-political identity, often in powerful large scale drawings. For example, Longo’s 10ft drawing of a viral photograph of the 2014 Ferguson riots.

Taking how Bomberg and his students use charcoal to express physicality rather than likeness as a starting point, Chorpening will consider how this approach has continued and adapted. This talk will lead us to question the place of emotion in art-making today.

Kelly Chorpening was born in the USA and holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She exhibits internationally and many of her projects are co-developed as books. She is currently co-editing a Blackwell’s Drawing Companion (30 commissioned essays) to be published in 2018.  Her public presentations on contemporary drawing and its teaching include: ‘Just what is it that makes today’s art schools so different, so appealing?’ (ICA, London), ‘What makes a good drawing?’ (The National Gallery, London), ‘Drawing out’ (RMIT, Melbourne), ‘A history uncovered; A future imagined’ (Paris College of Art, France) and ‘DRAW2014’ (Carnegie Mellon University, USA). She has been the Course Leader for B.A. (Hons) Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL since 2006.

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