Line/Extended brings together five artists whose work explores the potential of the drawn line and the expanded field of drawing. The exhibition, at the University of Hertfordshire’s Art & Design Gallery, investigates a more interrogative approach to drawing – one that extends outwards into a variety of mediums and disciplines.
Artists Rosana Antolí, Lucy Brown, George Eksts, Jane Grisewood and Andrea V Wright – whose works span traditional drawings on paper through to performative and site-specific pieces made especially for this exhibition – take their various lines for a walk around the three-dimensional space of the gallery. There is a sense of action in their works – whether live, latent, captured or documented. The opening event for the exhibition will include a participatory live “blind” drawing performance by Jane Grisewood.
Rosana Antolí works across drawing, sculpture, video and performance to interact with and observe our movements, creating patterns out of ordinary human actions. Line/Extended presents Antolí’s site-specific installation Chaos Dancing Cosmos (2016-19) which uses rubber piping and motors to create a concrete, three-dimensional drawing. Forming a continuous line in the gallery, the spinning motors each produce a unique movement to the installation, giving a human characteristic to an inanimate object.
Lucy Brown makes use of old and unwanted clothing and personal artefacts to realise her works. Her pieces take form in woven installations, anti-form sculptures, site-specific interventions and individual pieces. Brown’s weavings, such as the exhibited Offerings (2012-19) create lines that are both the language and the method for exploring ideas around re-telling, re-claiming and re-configuring the female body image.
George Eksts uses video, photography, sculpture and printmaking to explore ideas of progress, completion, entropy and the temporary. The exhibition showcases two of his animations – Rehearsal (2018) and Shorthand (2016) – which reveal Eksts’ interest in the process of editing and transforming meaning by clever, playful edits. Eksts’ line is extended through time, rhythm and movement.
Jane Grisewood works across drawing, photography, print and performance. Her practice is an ongoing exploration into time and memory where line, repetition and duration are recurring themes. Grisewood uses her body as a performative tool to create a line. For the opening reception of Line/Extended Grisewood recreates her two-hour drawing performance Blind Lines (2014), in which she draws with graphite directly onto the gallery wall with her eyes closed throughout. Visitors will be invited to replicate the action and sensation of drawing ‘blind’ – exploring the relationship between artist and viewer, and questioning the response to live action. The outcome will remain on the wall for the duration of the exhibition.
Andrea V Wright’s process-based practice explores the relationships between weight and lightness, strength and fragility, the perceived and illusory in a play of opposites. Her site-specific installations such as the exhibited Vertical Ascension (2016) create ‘impossible planes’ where the shadows of her geometric structures are traced onto the surfaces of architectural spaces using tape.
Line/Extended celebrates drawing across the diverse practices of the exhibiting artists. Antolí, Brown, Eksts, Grisewood and Wright have all uniquely defined, or redefined, drawing based on their chosen context and personal focus.
“The works in the exhibition reflect the importance of creative experimentation and engagement with materials, processes, sites and ideas,” say exhibition curators Inna Allen and Elizabeth Murton. “The line is present and consistent throughout. Whether transcribed within drawings, installations, textile works or moving images, the line is interrogative, exploratory, active – and extended.”
Line/Extended coincides with the national Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. In addition to other related events, UHArts is organising a spatial drawing workshop run by exhibiting artist Andrea V Wright. For further information and booking, please visit www.uharts.co.uk.